Ch 2: Working with Vectors

About This Chapter

Watch fun video lessons using any computer or mobile device with an Internet connection to grasp the basics of working with vectors. This chapter can help you study for a test or work on an assignment related to vectors and scalars.

Working with Vectors - Chapter Summary

If you are interested in better understanding how to work with vectors, this chapter can help. Entertaining video lessons examine this subject matter in a fun and engaging manner. Access these lessons anytime to ensure you fully comprehend scalars, vector resolution, how to perform operations on vectors and much more. Upon completion of this chapter, you will be able to:

  • Define and list types of vectors
  • Differentiate between scalars and vectors
  • Perform calculations that involve the scalar multiplication of vectors
  • Subtract vectors geometrically and define vector resolution
  • Split a vector into a vertical and horizontal component
  • Add, subtract and multiply vectors in the plane

Lessons in this chapter are accessible in two formats: videos and transcripts. Videos average about 8 minutes each, and feature visual effects that make learning fun. Transcripts can be read online or printed and added to your offline study materials. Review these lessons as many times as you desire, and assess your comprehension of each by taking lesson quizzes. Send any questions you have about working with vectors to our experts.

7 Lessons in Chapter 2: Working with Vectors
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.

Scalars and Vectors: Definition and Difference

2. Scalars and Vectors: Definition and Difference

In this lesson, we will examine scalars and vectors, learn why it is important to know the difference between the two and why remembering to add a direction to many of your exam answers could be the reason you get it right or wrong.

Scalar Multiplication of Vectors: Definition & Calculations

3. 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

4. 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.

Vector Resolution: Definition & Practice Problems

5. 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.

How to Do Vector Operations Using Components

6. 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.

Performing Operations on Vectors in the Plane

7. Performing Operations on Vectors in the Plane

After watching this video lesson, you should be able to add, subtract, and multiply your vectors. Learn how easy it is to perform these operations and what you need to keep in mind when performing these operations.

Chapter Practice Exam
Test your knowledge of this chapter with a 30 question practice chapter exam.
Not Taken
Practice Final Exam
Test your knowledge of the entire course with a 50 question practice final exam.
Not Taken

Earning College Credit

Did you know… We have over 200 college courses that prepare you to earn credit by exam that is accepted by over 1,500 colleges and universities. You can test out of the first two years of college and save thousands off your degree. Anyone can earn credit-by-exam regardless of age or education level.

To learn more, visit our Earning Credit Page

Transferring credit to the school of your choice

Not sure what college you want to attend yet? Study.com has thousands of articles about every imaginable degree, area of study and career path that can help you find the school that's right for you.

Support