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This item is a Java simulation that allows students to interactively practice the addition of three vectors using the tip-to-tail method.  Students drag and draw their own vector lines and must determine the accurate resultant.  The design of the simulation promotes understanding of the associative nature of vector addition to prepare students to apply the mathematics after forming a conceptual basis.  
  
This item is part of a larger collection of simulation based physics models sponsored by the MAP project (Modular Approach to Physics).

Please note that this resource requires Java Applet Plug-in.
Subjects Levels Resource Types
Classical Mechanics
- Motion in Two Dimensions
= Position & Displacement
Mathematical Tools
- Vector Algebra
Other Sciences
- Mathematics
- High School
- Lower Undergraduate
- Instructional Material
= Activity
= Curriculum support
= Interactive Simulation
= Tutorial
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- AP Physics
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© 2001 University of Calgary
Keywords:
animation, tail to tail, tail to tip, vector addition, vectors
Record Cloner:
Metadata instance created December 16, 2008 by Caroline Hall
Record Updated:
March 10, 2010 by Lyle Barbato
Last Update
when Cataloged:
March 23, 2003

This resource is part of a Physics Front Topical Unit.


Topic: Kinematics: The Physics of Motion
Unit Title: Vectors

After students have mastered addition of two vectors, let them practice adding three vectors.  They will drag and draw the vectors, then attempt to draw the resultant.  If they are incorrect, the accurate resultant is drawn for them.

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AIP Format
(University of Calgary, Calgary, 2001), WWW Document, (http://canu.ucalgary.ca/map/content/vectors/addition/simulate/threevec/).
AJP/PRST-PER
Modular Approach to Physics: Vector Addition Practice - Three Vectors, (University of Calgary, Calgary, 2001), <http://canu.ucalgary.ca/map/content/vectors/addition/simulate/threevec/>.
APA Format
Modular Approach to Physics: Vector Addition Practice - Three Vectors. (2003, March 23). Retrieved December 19, 2014, from University of Calgary: http://canu.ucalgary.ca/map/content/vectors/addition/simulate/threevec/
Chicago Format
University of Calgary. Modular Approach to Physics: Vector Addition Practice - Three Vectors. Calgary: University of Calgary, March 23, 2003. http://canu.ucalgary.ca/map/content/vectors/addition/simulate/threevec/ (accessed 19 December 2014).
MLA Format
Modular Approach to Physics: Vector Addition Practice - Three Vectors. Calgary: University of Calgary, 2001. 23 Mar. 2003. 19 Dec. 2014 <http://canu.ucalgary.ca/map/content/vectors/addition/simulate/threevec/>.
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@misc{ Title = {Modular Approach to Physics: Vector Addition Practice - Three Vectors}, Publisher = {University of Calgary}, Volume = {2014}, Number = {19 December 2014}, Month = {March 23, 2003}, Year = {2001} }
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