Resource Description: Vector Addition Simulation
Link:

http://phet.colorado.edu/simulations/vectormath/vectorMath.s
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Collection:

Interactive Physics Simulations: Fun, interactive simulations of physical phenomena from the Physics Education Technology project at the University of Colorado http://phet.colorado.edu/webpages/index.html

Author:

University of Colorado The PhET Project

Media:

Webware

Cost:

Free

Subjects:

Physics

Types:

Visualization or Animation, Graphing, Modeling, or Mapping

Description of resource:

Use this simulation to show students (or let them learn) how to add vectors graphically. Drag vectors onto a graph, change their length and angle, and show that their vector sum is the result of adding them headtotail. Or use the component method to show how the X and Y components of each vector can be added to find the resultant. Once you display the resultant (the sum of the vectors), you can show how changing the values of any of the component vectors affect the resultant. In addition, since the magnitude and angle of each vector is given, it is easy to use this simulation to start a discussion of mathematical solutions.

Posted to site:

10/17/2006


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