An essential activity for students who will be tackling basic force problems and other situations involving two-dimensional motion and force!
In this activity, students will determine the magnitude of the resultant of three or more perpendicular vectors.
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. Carefully made distractors help to identify students who don't have full understanding of topic. Also aligns strongly with many other standardized test questions on vectors (AP Physics 1/2, SAT II Physics).
- Contrast the magnitudes of distance and displacement (scalar vs. vector)
- Determine the magnitude of the resultant displacement of a trip containing multiple perpendicular components
- Determine the magnitude of the resultant of multiple perpendicular forces on objects (prelude to Newton's Laws later in course)
- 11 problems calculating the magnitude of distance with multiple legs
- 12 problems calculating the magnitude of displacement with multiple legs
- 3 problems calculating the magnitude of the net force with multiple forces