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Vector Composition

Vector Composition

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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Christopher Black
Christopher Black (Student)
21 years ago
Great job of a visual communication of the vector principle.
Bruce Mason
Bruce Mason (Faculty)
22 years ago
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

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Shockwave application.
John Burger
John Burger (Student)
22 years ago
The ability to see that the moevement of the vectors doesn't affect the sum
greatly aids in the visual learning of vector addition.
Dara Clayton
Dara Clayton (Student)
22 years ago
Good job.

Mason Cole
Mason Cole (Student)
22 years ago
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
Shirley Sung
Shirley Sung (Student)
22 years ago
Nice. S.S.
Luke Boyer
Luke Boyer (Student)
22 years ago
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

TC Kida
TC Kida (Student)
22 years ago
Fun to play with. I like how its not limited to an x-y plane.
Ryan Dennis
Ryan Dennis (Student)
22 years ago
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
Jaime Hale
Jaime Hale (Student)
22 years ago
The site shows a good example of head to tail method.
John Walkup
John Walkup (Staff)
22 years ago
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.