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Vector Addition (Physics, Math)


Vector Addition (Physics, Math)

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Graphically adds any two vectors to get a third.
Material Type: Simulation
Date Added to MERLOT: July 09, 1997
Date Modified in MERLOT: January 24, 2012
Keywords: 3-d, vector addition, parallelogram law, 2-d, java applet



Primary Audience: College General Ed
Mobile Compatibility: Not specified at this time
Language: English
Cost Involved: no
Source Code Available: no
Accessiblity Information Available: no
Creative Commons: unsure


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Avatar for Ahmed Ibrahim
3 years ago

Ahmed Ibrahim (Programming)

Excellent physic java applet.

Avatar for Nealsen Pe Benito
4 years ago

Nealsen Pe Benito (Student)

Demonstrates vector addition through the use of the parallelogram method but is limited to the use of only 2 vectors. I'm assuming the addition of the 3D vectors is just for more complex vector addition. Also provides extra information for each of the vectors drawn and added for your personal convenience if needed.

Avatar for BJ James
14 years ago

BJ James (Student)

This site was very interesting. It showed me how the head to tail method is
actually correct.

Avatar for John Burger
14 years ago

John Burger (Student)

The 3 dimensional graph is extremely cool and adds a little life to the
extensively used 2 dimensional graph.

Avatar for Dara Clayton
14 years ago

Dara Clayton (Student)

Very nice for adding two vectors.


Avatar for William Atkins
14 years ago

William Atkins (Student)

Does a superb job of demonstrating vector addition through the use of the
parallelogram method. I also like the extra information provided for each of
the vectors drawn and added.

Avatar for Mason Cole
14 years ago

Mason Cole (Student)

This is a fairly good website, especially on the 2-D vectors with the vector
sliding down the length of the other vector to show the resultant! My main
complaint is that the 3-D vectors (I tried one out for fun) are a little too
slow. The graphics are sparse, but still pretty good. --MJC

Avatar for Luke Boyer
14 years ago

Luke Boyer (Student)

Very neat applet that does a good job showing the addition of two vectors.
Although it is limited to two vectors, the 3-D vectors increased its rating.

Avatar for Shirley Sung
14 years ago

Shirley Sung (Student)

Good intro. for a demonstration of vector addition. S.S.

Avatar for TC Kida
14 years ago

TC Kida (Student)

Cool. Smooth and nice. I like it.

Avatar for Ryan Dennis
14 years ago

Ryan Dennis (Student)

This site is adequate for simple vector addition; however, it lacks versatility,
thus, I only gave it 3 stars.

Avatar for Jaime Hale
14 years ago

Jaime Hale (Student)

I liked how helpful the site was.

Avatar for John Walkup
14 years ago

John Walkup (Staff)

One of the better running vector addition applets available. Unfortunately, limited to two vectors. The extra applet that demonstrates 3-D addition of vectors is a bonus, but the perspective is a little hard to discern.