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.

Standards

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
geometric shapes;

Use visualization, spatial reasoning, and geometric modeling to solve
problems

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
relationships;

Recognize and apply geometric ideas and relationships in areas outside
the mathematics classroom, such as art, science, and everyday life.