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Physics I Lab Manual 2011 43 - but to add the vectors...

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Experiment 5 Vector Addition Objective To add vectors graphically, analytically, and experimentally (using the force table). Theory Vectors are quantities with magnitude and direction, such as force, displacement and veloc- ity. They can be represented graphically by arrows that have a length proportional to the magnitude of the physical quantity they represent and the same direction. When vectors quantities are added care must be taken not to simply add the magnitudes of the quantities,
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Unformatted text preview: but to add the vectors taking into account their direction. For example if you drive 4 km north-east and then 3 km north-west you do not end up 7 miles from where you started, but rather 5 miles in a direction mostly north. In this example displacement vectors were being added. There are two general methods for adding vectors: adding their components, and adding graphically. 33...
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