Vectors

Photo of the lab
Photo of the lab
Photo of the lab

This lab is an introduction to vectors. The purpose of this lab is for students to learn how to determine the components of a vector, how to add vectors, and how to determine a null resultant vector.
A brief introductory lecture is given on how to calculate the components of a vector, along with how to add vectors both analytically and graphically. The students in groups of two or three are then given 2 vectors,F1 and F2, and they are then to determine a third vector, F3 that will give a null vector, ie F1 + F2 + F3 = 0. They do this both analytically, by calculating components, and graphically using a ruler and a protractor. They then go into lab and use a force table to observe if their calculations and graphs are correct.
The photos show students drawing graphs and then using the force tables.

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