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Ch 2: Vectors in Physics: Homeschool Curriculum

About This Chapter

The Vectors in Physics unit of this High School Physics Homeschool course is designed to help homeschooled students learn about vectors. Parents can use the short videos to introduce topics, break up lessons and keep students engaged.

Who's it for?

This unit of our High School Physics Homeschool course will benefit any student who is trying to learn about the types and characteristics of vectors. There is no faster or easier way to learn about vectors in physics. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who require an efficient, self-paced course of study to learn about vector components, resolution, addition, and multiplication.
  • Homeschool parents looking to spend less time preparing lessons and more time teaching.
  • Homeschool parents who need a physics curriculum that appeals to multiple learning types (visual or auditory).
  • Gifted students and students with learning differences.

How it works:

  • Students watch a short, fun video lesson that covers a specific unit topic.
  • Students and parents can refer to the video transcripts to reinforce learning.
  • Short quizzes and a Vectors in Physics unit exam confirm understanding or identify any topics that require review.

Vectors in Physics Unit Objectives:

  • Discuss types of vectors.
  • Describe how to add, subtract and multiply vectors.
  • Calculate the resultants of vectors.
  • Use methods to find standard basis vectors.
  • Perform vector operations using components.
  • Determine the magnitude and direction of vectors.
  • Understand the process of finding vector resolution.
  • Calculate dot product.
  • Learn how to find the cross product of two vectors.

12 Lessons in Chapter 2: Vectors in Physics: Homeschool Curriculum
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What Is a Vector? - Definition & Types

1. What Is a Vector? - Definition & Types

After watching this lesson, you will be able to explain what vectors are in physics, give some examples of vectors and have a basic idea of how they can be manipulated mathematically. A short quiz will follow.

Vector Addition (Geometric Approach): Explanation & Examples

2. Vector Addition (Geometric Approach): Explanation & Examples

After watching this video, you will be able to explain why we might need to add two vectors and, given magnitudes and directions, add two vectors using geometric methods. A short quiz will follow.

Resultants of Vectors: Definition & Calculation

3. Resultants of Vectors: Definition & Calculation

After watching this video, you will be able to explain what a resultant of a vector is and use mathematics to calculate the resultant of two vectors. A short quiz will follow.

Scalar Multiplication of Vectors: Definition & Calculations

4. Scalar Multiplication of Vectors: Definition & Calculations

After watching this video, you will be able to explain what scalar multiplication is and complete basic calculations involving the scalar multiplication of vectors. A short quiz will follow.

Vector Subtraction (Geometric): Formula & Examples

5. Vector Subtraction (Geometric): Formula & Examples

After watching this lesson, you will be able to subtract vectors geometrically and give examples of how that process might be used in physics. A short quiz will follow.

Standard Basis Vectors: Definition & Examples

6. Standard Basis Vectors: Definition & Examples

After watching this lesson, you will be able to explain what standard basis vectors (otherwise known as unit vectors) are and how they are useful. A short quiz will follow.

How to Do Vector Operations Using Components

7. How to Do Vector Operations Using Components

After watching this lesson, you will understand how we analyze physics involving two-dimensional vectors and be able to split a vector at an angle into a vertical and horizontal component. A short quiz will follow.

Vector Components: The Magnitude of a Vector

8. Vector Components: The Magnitude of a Vector

After watching this lesson, you will be able to explain what the magnitude of a vector refers to, and how to calculate it when given the components of a vector. A short quiz will follow.

Vector Components: The Direction of a Vector

9. Vector Components: The Direction of a Vector

After watching this lesson, you will be able to explain what is meant by the direction of a vector and calculate the direction of a vector when given the x and y components. A short quiz will follow.

Vector Resolution: Definition & Practice Problems

10. Vector Resolution: Definition & Practice Problems

After watching this lesson, you will be able to explain what vector resolution is and solve problems involving vector resolution. A short quiz will follow.

The Dot Product and Vectors: Definition & Formula

11. The Dot Product and Vectors: Definition & Formula

After watching this lesson, you will be able to explain what a dot product is, how it is different from a cross product, and use equations to calculate dot products. A short quiz will follow.

Finding The Cross Product of Two Vectors

12. Finding The Cross Product of Two Vectors

After watching this lesson, you will be able to explain what a cross product is and calculate the cross product of two vectors. A short quiz will follow.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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