The Vector Addition: Does Order Matter? Interactive is an adjustable-size file that displays nicely on smart phones, on tablets such as the iPad, on Chromebooks, and on laptops and desktops. The size of the Interactive can be scaled to fit the device that it is displayed on. The compatibility with smart phones, iPads, other tablets, and Chromebooks make it a perfect tool for use in a 1:1 classroom.


Teaching Ideas and Suggestions:

This Interactive is intended for use near the early stages of a learning cycle on vector addition. The question can be presented to students in a very open-ended manner and explored for approximately 10 minutes. It is suggested that learners be presented with the question and then challenged to come up with a claim or answer that is supported by evidence and reasoning. As an alternative to this procedure, the Interactive could simply be used as a teacher demonstration.

Related Resources

There are numerous resources at The Physics Classroom website that serve as very complementary supports for the Vector Addition: Does Order Matter? Interactive. These include:
  • Minds On Physics Internet Modules:
    The Minds On Physics Internet Modules include a collection of interactive questioning modules that help learners assess their understanding of physics concepts and solidify those understandings by answering questions that require higher-order thinking. Assignments VP2 and VP3 of the Vectors and Projectiles module provide great complements to this Interactive. They are best used in the middle to later stages of the learning cycle. Visit the Minds On Physics Internet Modules.
  • Curriculum/Practice: Several Concept Development worksheets at the Curriculum Corner will be very useful in assisting students in cultivating their understanding, most notably ...

    Vector Addition

    Visit the Curriculum Corner.

  • Labwork: 
    Simulations should always support (never supplant) hands-on learning. The Laboratory section of The Physics Classroom website includes several hands-on ideas that complement this Interactive. One notable lab idea is the ...

    Map Lab

    Visit The Laboratory.

Additional resources and ideas for incorporating Vector Addition: Does Order Matter? into an instructional unit on curved mirrors can be found at the Teacher Toolkits section of The Physics Classroom website.  Visit Teacher Toolkits.

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