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Vektor addition och subtraktion
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This applet should be useful in picking up vector addition and subtraction. You draw two vectors of your choice, choose the operation (Add or Subtract) and arrange the two vectors in a certain manner by dragging them. Drawing is done by pressing the mouse button at some point and dragging and releasing it at another point. If you watch the display you would see it updating giving the details of the vector that you are drawing. Once you have two vectors on the drawing space any one of them can be moved. Press the mouse button with cursor positioned on the dot at the midpoint of the vector and drag it. This will help you to reposition the vector parallel to itself

The vectors can be modified after drawing both by using the cursor keys on the keyboard. Using the cursor keys with contol key pressed will amplify the effect. The selection label in the bottom panel will indicate the color of the vector that will be trimmed. By pressing on the dot at the midpoint of any vector the selection can be changed.

Now for the manipulation:

To add, the vectors have to be arranged in order, that is with tail of one touching the tip of another. The sum vector is drawn by the applet if the you arrange the vectors so.

To subtract the vectors have to be arranged in improper order, that is, tips or tails of the two vectors should be made to touch. Again the applet draws the difference vector when the vectors are properly arranged.

Let me explain the subtraction part a bit. When you have A and B in improper order the vector joining the free ends is A - B or B - A depending on the direction. This vector is A - B, if it is in order with B and B - A, if it is in order with A. In the applet the vector A - B is being drawn. So this would be in order with B.

So draw away merrily and get a feel for the addition and subtraction of vectors.

RememberTo add - the vectors should be in order (tail of one touching the tip of another) and

To subtract - the vectors should be in improper order ( tails of the two vectors or tips of the two vectors should be touching each other)

Surendranath Reddy.B.

Översatt/anpassat SSVH Jeff Forssell

Senaste uppdatering 2000-01-30

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