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Vector Composition


Vector Composition

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This Macromedia ShockWave is an adding machine for vectors. The vectors to be added can be adjusted by clicking and dragging. The applet displays the polar and rectangular coordinates for the two vectors to be added and for their resultant. The head to tail vector addition principle can be verified graphically.
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Material Type: Simulation
Technical Format: Shockwave
Date Added to MERLOT: May 03, 2000
Date Modified in MERLOT: March 11, 2016
Submitter: John Walkup


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Primary Audience: College General Ed
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Language: English
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Avatar for Christopher Black
15 years ago

Christopher Black (Student)

Great job of a visual communication of the vector principle.

Avatar for Bruce Mason
16 years ago

Bruce Mason (Faculty)

Good demonstration of the addition of two vectors. Allows user to move the
vectors to any point, and rotate or change the magnitude of either of the two
vectors being summed. Changes in the resultant vector is immediate.

Also gives information about the components, magnitude, and direction of the

Technical Remarks:

Shockwave application.

Avatar for John Burger
16 years ago

John Burger (Student)

The ability to see that the moevement of the vectors doesn't affect the sum
greatly aids in the visual learning of vector addition.

Avatar for Mason Cole
16 years ago

Mason Cole (Student)

Prety good site for adding vectors...I wish there had been a little more variety
in the length of the vectors you could add, though. --MJC

Avatar for Dara Clayton
16 years ago

Dara Clayton (Student)

Good job.


Avatar for Shirley Sung
16 years ago

Shirley Sung (Student)

Nice. S.S.

Avatar for Luke Boyer
16 years ago

Luke Boyer (Student)

very good example of head to tail vector addition method. Shows how placement
of the vector is irrelevant as long as the magnitude and direction stay the


Avatar for TC Kida
16 years ago

TC Kida (Student)

Fun to play with. I like how its not limited to an x-y plane.

Avatar for Ryan Dennis
16 years ago

Ryan Dennis (Student)

The site is more than adequate in displaying the fundamental concept that
resultant vectors depend solely on the magnitude and direction of the vectors to
be added. ~RD

Avatar for Jaime Hale
16 years ago

Jaime Hale (Student)

The site shows a good example of head to tail method.

Avatar for John Walkup
16 years ago

John Walkup (Staff)

This applet provides a very good way of showing how the head-to-tail method and the parallelogram method are the same. Furthermore, it shows that vectors, for the purpose of adding them, can be moved around. What would help would be dotted lines that complete the parallogram.