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This is a simple Java applet enabling users to add two two-dimensional vectors. The user can choose the two vectors by clicking on a grid. The components, magnitude, and direction are immediately shown. Once the two vectors are chosen, a press of a button shows the vector sum, its components, its magnitude and its direction.

The simulation was designed deliberately so that there is no way to enter the components, magnitude, or direction of a vector manually: it must be done graphically by dragging the cursor. Thus, beginning students can develop a good feel for what all these quantities mean graphically.
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Classical Mechanics
- Motion in One Dimension
= Position & Displacement
Mathematical Tools
- Vector Algebra
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- Mathematics
- High School
- Lower Undergraduate
- Instructional Material
= Interactive Simulation
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© 1998 Julio Gea-Banacloche
adding, component, direction, magnitude, sum, vector
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J. Gea-Banacloche, (1998), WWW Document, (http://comp.uark.edu/~jgeabana/java/VectorCalc.html).
J. Gea-Banacloche, Vector Calculator, (1998), <http://comp.uark.edu/~jgeabana/java/VectorCalc.html>.
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Gea-Banacloche, J. (2007, June 29). Vector Calculator. Retrieved November 14, 2018, from http://comp.uark.edu/~jgeabana/java/VectorCalc.html
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Gea-Banacloche, Julio. Vector Calculator. June 29, 2007. http://comp.uark.edu/~jgeabana/java/VectorCalc.html (accessed 14 November 2018).
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Gea-Banacloche, Julio. Vector Calculator. 1998. 29 June 2007. 14 Nov. 2018 <http://comp.uark.edu/~jgeabana/java/VectorCalc.html>.
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@misc{ Author = "Julio Gea-Banacloche", Title = {Vector Calculator}, Volume = {2018}, Number = {14 November 2018}, Month = {June 29, 2007}, Year = {1998} }
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%O application/java

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