Comprehensive Unit on Graphical Vectors. Developed for Honors and AP Physics but also works well for on-level physics. May also be used in conjunction with significant digits and measurement units. I developed this unit after finding many students missing skills associating measurement with rulers, protractors, angles, and mechanical drawings.
No fluff, Just good Physics. Includes Student Pack and Teacher Solutions Pack.
Graphical Vectors broken down step by step with practice worksheets
This is a technical unit Introducing Vectors in Graphical Form, emphasizing the measurement and drawing of lengths and angles. The ideas and practice presented are fundamental to measurement and the understanding of vectors mathematically.
The unit begins with a list of vocabulary words and a general description of scalars, vectors, and why vectors are essential to physics and describing the world. The next two sections are measuring vectors and drawing vectors to given length and angles with accompanying worksheet black line masters. The unit then continues to negative vectors and graphically solving vector addition and subtraction problems using both parallelogram and head-to-tail methods with more student worksheets. The last section of the unit deals with components of vectors, polar and component forms of vectors, and graphically finding the components the vectors
Compiled over 18 years of teaching experience in Physics and Math. Can be given to students in packet form (first part) or used by the teacher for notes. Solutions are given in Part 2.
Teacher and/or Student notes, examples, practice worksheets with answer pages, 2 Test versions with keys, Vocabulary and Vocabulary test. The unit ends with a Measurement Lab based on student's school map or fire escape plan for differentiating between position vectors, displacement vectors, and distances. Polar and component vectors are both introduced in this unit.
Students will need rulers and protractors. No calculators are used during the unit.