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Vector Components Model 

written by Andrew Duffy

This computer model allows students to split a vector into its components and practice finding the magnitude and direction. In addition, it offers a "Find components" mode, where magnitude and direction of the vector are given and the student's task is to find the x-component and the y-component of the vector. After entering calculated values, users can check their answers with one click.

SEE ANNOTATIONS (below) for a tutorial on the topic of vector fundamentals, recommended by The Physics Front editors.

This item was created with Easy Java Simulations (EJS), a modeling tool that allows users without formal programming experience to generate computer models and simulations. To run the simulation, simply click the Java Archive file below. To modify or customize the model, See Related Materials for detailed instructions on installing and running the EJS Modeling and Authoring Tool.

Last Modified June 13, 2014

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Source Code Documents

Vector Componets Model Source Code 

The source code zip archive contains an XML representation of the Vector Components model.   Unzip this archive in your EJS workspace to compile and run this model using EJS.

Published April 27, 2010
Last Modified June 13, 2014

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