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.
This resource is part of a Physics Front Topical Unit.
Topic: Kinematics: The Physics of Motion Unit Title: Vectors
Want to give your students a chance to explore vector addition without tackling the math? This simple Java simulation lets them draw two vectors by clicking and dragging the cursor. The components, magnitude, and direction will be displayed; then click "Add" to see the vector sum.
%0 Electronic Source %A Gea-Banacloche, Julio %D June 29, 2007 %T Vector Calculator %V 2015 %N 3 March 2015 %8 June 29, 2007 %9 application/java %U http://comp.uark.edu/~jgeabana/java/VectorCalc.html
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