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Lab 3: Vectors in Two Dimensions
In this lab we dealt with vectors which are numerical values in a specific direction.
Vectors are encountered in many physical quantities such as force and momentum. We were
introduced to three ways in which to add vectors. Two of which are graphical methods which
included the tipto tail method and the parallelogram method, and the third was the component
method.
The force table used in this experiment allowed us to test certain angles and certain
masses to find the resultant vector. First we found the vector components. Then we found the
resultant of adding two vectors, and finally we added three vectors.
We solved for the angle, mass, and force of the resultant vector by using the x and y
vector components. We then solved for the resultant graphically by using a ruler and a protractor
to graph the vector, then measuring each vector to find its magnitude and angle, and using simple
conversions factors to find the mass from the force. To add the vectors and graph them we used
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This note was uploaded on 03/18/2012 for the course PHYSICS 222654 taught by Professor Virginiahall during the Fall '10 term at University of Texas at Austin.
 Fall '10
 VirginiaHall
 Physics, Force, Momentum

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