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written by Larry Friesen and Anne Gillis
This resource is a set of instructional materials developed to help beginning physics students build a solid understanding of vector algebra.  It contains two lecture presentations in PDF format and a companion assessment.  It gives an overview of terminology, vector notation, and a variety of methods for solving problems relating to vectors.  One of the authors' goals is to help students differentiate between the uses of vectors in mathematics vs. physics.  

This resource is part of a collection developed by the NSF-funded Mathematics Across the Community College Curriculum (MAC 3).
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Classical Mechanics
- Motion in Two Dimensions
= Position & Displacement
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- Vector Algebra
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Metadata instance created December 22, 2008 by Caroline Hall
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This resource is part of a Physics Front Topical Unit.

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

This is an exemplary set of Power Point materials for teachers to introduce vector basics, including vector addition/subtraction and how to calculate vector components.  See Assessments below for a companion unit test.  All may be freely downloaded.  To read about the underlying pedagogy employed by the authors, go to Reference Material below and click on Bridging the Vector Calculus Gap.

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L. Friesen and A. Gillis, (2007), WWW Document, (http://www.mac3.matyc.org/vectors/vectors_main.html).
L. Friesen and A. Gillis, MAC3: Vectors, (2007), <http://www.mac3.matyc.org/vectors/vectors_main.html>.
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Friesen, L., & Gillis, A. (2008, February 4). MAC3: Vectors. Retrieved June 24, 2017, from http://www.mac3.matyc.org/vectors/vectors_main.html
Chicago Format
Friesen, Larry, and Anne Gillis. MAC3: Vectors. February 4, 2008. http://www.mac3.matyc.org/vectors/vectors_main.html (accessed 24 June 2017).
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Friesen, Larry, and Anne Gillis. MAC3: Vectors. 2007. 4 Feb. 2008. 24 June 2017 <http://www.mac3.matyc.org/vectors/vectors_main.html>.
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@misc{ Author = "Larry Friesen and Anne Gillis", Title = {MAC3: Vectors}, Volume = {2017}, Number = {24 June 2017}, Month = {February 4, 2008}, Year = {2007} }
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