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Vectors and Scalars

A marching band helps us explore the difference between vector and scalar quantities. We also dive into how to use the tip-to-tail method to resolve one- and two-dimensional vectors.

Unit 1 Segment D: Vectors and Scalars A marching band helps us explore the difference between vector and scalar quantities. We also dive into how to use the tip-to-tail method to resolve one and two-dimensional vectors.

Premiere Date: July 10, 2018 | Runtime: 00:06:55

Support Materials

Learning Objectives

-Introduce vectors and scalars and show examples.

-Note that vectors are represented with arrows and how we use coordinate axes to explain their heading.

-Illustrate magnitude and direction.

-Show how to add vectors using the tip-to-tail method.

Toolkit

Note-Taking Guide and Questions to Consider
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Practice Problems
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Experiencing Vectors & Scalars Lab
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Vocabulary

magnitude - the amount or quantity.

Pythagorean Theorem - a theorem that states that the square of the length of the hypotenuse of a right triangle equals the sum of the squares of the lengths of the other two sides.

scalars - quantities that are described by magnitude alone (e.g. time, speed, mass, distance).

vectors - quantities that express magnitude and direction.

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