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Adding Vectors Geometrically

Students: This applet will help you discover how we geometrically add any 2 vectors. This applet also accompanies the Adding Vectors: Introduction packet you received at the beginning of class. To Use: 1) Determine the components of vectors u and v by using the purple and green sliders. 2) Slide the black slider (bottom right) to geometrically form vectors u and v. 3) Move the YELLOW POINT (initial point of v) ON TOP OF the ORANGE POINT (terminal point of u). 4) Slide the additional slider that appears once you complete step (3). The vector that appears will be the the RESULTANT VECTOR. In this case, the RESULTANT VECTOR is the sum of vectors u and v.

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