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8.1 Intro to Vectors_day1.

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8.1 Intro to Vectors
Scalar: A single real number that indicates the magnitude OR size of the 
quantity.
Vector: A quantity that has both magnitude AND direction.

State whether each quantity described is a vector or scalar quantity.
1.  a hockey puck shot northwest at 60 miles per hour

2.  a tennis ball served at 110 miles per hour

3.  a sprinter running 100 meters north

4.  a parachutist falling straight down at 12.5 miles per hour 

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Vocab:
B
Vector: Directed Line Segment a

Initial Point: tail of vector A

Terminal Point: head or tip of vector

Notation: AB, a, or a (you can't tell its bold in this font)

Standard Position: initial point of vector at the origin

Direction of vector: directed angle between the vector and the


horizontal line that could be used to represent the positive x ­ axis.

Magnitude: length of the vector |a|.

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o o
Quadrant bearing: directional measurement between 0 and 90
east or west of the north­south
o
line. The quadrant bearing ofo
vector v shown is 35 east of south or southeast, written S35 E.

True

True bearing: directional measurement


where the angle is measured clockwise
from north. True bearings are always
given using three digits.
Quadrant

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The resultant of two vectors can be found 
by putting them "Tail to Tip"

resultant of a and b

**can be thought of as the result of 
multiple forces on an object, and 
found by "adding" the two vectors 
together.

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Find the resultant for
(a) a ­ c + 2b (b) m ­ (.25)p

a c m

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Homework:
8.1 Intro to Vectors
488: 1­12, 27­33 odd

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