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Ch 2: Vectors in Physics: Tutoring Solution

About This Chapter

The Vectors in Physics chapter of this High School Physics Tutoring Solution is a flexible and affordable path to learning about vectors in physics. These simple and fun video lessons are each about five minutes long and they teach the definitions, operations and formulas of vectors required in a typical high school physics course.

How it works:

  • Begin your assignment or other high school physics work.
  • Identify the vectors in physics concepts that you're stuck on.
  • Find fun videos on the topics you need to understand.
  • Press play, watch and learn!
  • Complete the quizzes to test your understanding.
  • As needed, submit a question to one of our instructors for personalized support.

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This chapter of our High School Physics Tutoring Solution will benefit any student who is trying to learn about vectors in physics and earn better grades. This resource can help students including those who:

  • Struggle with understanding resultants of vectors, vector components, standard basis vectors or any other vectors in physics topic
  • Have limited time for studying
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  • Prefer learning science visually
  • Find themselves failing or close to failing their vectors in physics unit
  • Cope with ADD or ADHD
  • Want to get ahead in high school physics
  • Don't have access to their science teacher outside of class

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  • Learn at Your Pace: You can pause and rewatch lessons as often as you'd like, until you master the material.

Learning objectives

  • Define and identify types of vectors.
  • Understand the geometric approach to vector addition.
  • Study resultants and scalar multiplication of vectors.
  • Review the formula for vector subtraction.
  • Examine standard basis vectors.
  • Determine how to perform vector operations using components.
  • Understand the magnitude and direction of a vector.
  • Define and perform vector resolution problems.
  • Learn how to calculate the dot product of two vectors.
  • Describe how to find the cross product of two vectors.

12 Lessons in Chapter 2: Vectors in Physics: Tutoring Solution
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
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
Test your knowledge of the entire course with a 50 question practice final exam.
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