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Bell Ringer: Graphical Vector Addition

Published on 07/16/2010

Activity Overview

Students graphically add perpendicular vectors and determine the resultant net vector.

Key Steps

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    Students investigate the graphical addition of perpendicular vectors. They begin by manipulating component vectors and observing the effects on the resultant vector.

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    Next, students construct perpendicular vectors that add to produce a given vector.

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    Finally, students complete several extension questions involving graphical vector addition.