The Vector Calculator is designed to help students understand the connection between a vector's magnitude and direction and its representation in x-y coordinates.
One of the most common problems students have when facing problems in introductory physics courses is a poor understanding of vectors. Students often forget to convert a vector into x and y coordinates before solving a problem.
NCTM Grades 6-8 Geometry:
Specify locations and describe spatial relationships using coordinate
geometry and other representational systems
Use coordinate geometry to represent and examine the properties of
Use visualization, spatial reasoning, and geometric modeling to solve
Draw geometric objects with specified properties, such as side lengths
or angle measures;
Use visual tools such as networks to represent and solve problems;
Use geometric models to represent and explain numerical and algebraic
Recognize and apply geometric ideas and relationships in areas outside
the mathematics classroom, such as art, science, and everyday life.