Vector Addition (Geometric Approach): Explanation & Examples


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Which of the following is NOT an example of a situation when you might need to add vectors?

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1. Which of the following is a correct example of geometric vector addition? (NOTE: In these diagrams, the BLACK arrow is the total, and the blue and red arrows are the vectors we should be adding together.)

2. Which of the following is the meaning of a scale drawing?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Adding vectors geometrically requires certain steps. Test yourself on when to apply vectors in the real world and solve a situational problem using vectors.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz will test you on:

  • Identifying correct vector addition in diagram form
  • Applying your knowledge of vectors to a multi-step vector problem
  • Adding vectors correctly using the geometric method
  • Knowing when to put geometric vector addition to use in everyday life

Skills Practiced

  • Critical thinking - eliminate a situation in which vector addition cannot be used when given a list of examples
  • Problem solving - use your vector addition skills to solve a problem involving real-world vectors
  • Defining key concepts - find the correct definition of the geometric term scale drawing

Additional Learning

The lesson called Vector Addition (Geometric Approach): Explanation & Examples can give you a detailed review of how to apply this mathematic skill. Read through this lesson to learn about:

  • Force and velocity vectors
  • Steps for adding vectors geometrically
  • The method that should be used to measure the resulting vector when two or more vectors are added
  • Net result and its relationship to direction when referring to vectors