Head-to-Tail Addition Concept Builder

Head-to-Tail Addition is a Concept Builder that provides learners with an exercise in recognizing the proper vector addition diagram for a given equation. To be successful with the activity, learners will need to understand the basics of constructing a head-to-tail (or tip-to-tail) vector addition diagram. There are 18 total questions organized into nine Question Groups and spread across three levels of difficulty. Each question provides a vector addition equation involving the addition of three vectors. The magnitude and direction of each vector is shown. Learner must toggle through six diagrams and identify the one that is consistent with the given vectors and the given vector addition diagram. 

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Users are encouraged to open the Concept Builder and begin. There is no need for an activity sheet for this Concept Builder. However, the nine different groups of questions can be printed. View Questions.

Learners and Instructors may also be interested in viewing the accompanying Notes page. Technical information, teaching suggestions, and related resources that complement this Interactive are provided on the Notes page. View Notes.


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