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Vector Math


Vector Math

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A Java applet for demonstrating vector addition and subtraction using the head-to-tail method of vector summation.
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Material Type: Simulation
Technical Format: Java Applet
CAUTION: Java Applets may not run on all browsers
Date Added to MERLOT: May 07, 2000
Date Modified in MERLOT: July 07, 2016
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Submitter: John Walkup


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Primary Audience: High School, College General Ed
Mobile Compatibility: Not specified at this time
Language: English
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Avatar for Kara Morgan
16 years ago

Kara Morgan (Student)

This site was helpful.

Avatar for John Burger
16 years ago

John Burger (Student)

The movement and adjustment of vectors was a little troublesome at first, but
after a while the program is very helpful and easy.

Avatar for Dara Clayton
16 years ago

Dara Clayton (Student)

Nice job. I especially like how you including the coordinate system for each
vector. It was very helpful.


Avatar for Shirley Sung
16 years ago

Shirley Sung (Student)

Nice site! S.S.

Avatar for Luke Boyer
16 years ago

Luke Boyer (Student)

Not the best vector page. Would have been better if more aesthetic.


Avatar for TC Kida
16 years ago

TC Kida (Student)

Not very flexible, but it works. Once you place the vectors, there is no way to
change them but to restart. Otherwise, good.

Avatar for Ryan Dennis
16 years ago

Ryan Dennis (Student)

This site is a great tool for someone wishing to enhance their ability to add
vectors using the head to tail method.

Avatar for Jaime Hale
16 years ago

Jaime Hale (Student)

some neat material! very helpful!

Avatar for John Walkup
16 years ago

John Walkup (Staff)

The drawback of this applet is that it forces the user to add vectors with the tip to tail method, and not (imo, the more useful) parallelogram method. However, the applet runs smoothly and is instructive nonetheless.