A crucial activity to help students get acquainted with determining the resultant of two or more vectors at non-perpendicular angles to one another!
In this activity, students will be using basic trigonometry to determine resultants of two non-perpendicular vectors.
Attached 'component method sheet' greatly helps students to stay organized when breaking down the given vectors.
Some problems use the basic motion equation 'v = d/t' to determine distance and displacement.
Activities can be completed before instruction in kinematics topics, or worked into existing curriculum.
Correlates with standards and questions on the New York State Regents Exam in Physics. Also aligns strongly with many other standardized test questions on vectors (AP Physics 1/2, SAT II Physics).
- Determine horizontal and vertical components of vectors
- Determine horizontal and vertical components of resultants
- Use trigonometry to determine magnitude and direction of resultant
- Determine the distance and displacement of objects traveling at a constant speed
- Determine the angle a boat must travel to counter the effects of a current
- 7 resultant calculation problems
- 'Component sheet' attached for mathematical solutions
- Extra blank sheet of graph paper included
- Activity comes in PDF format, ensuring for accurate reprints