Chapter 3: Vectors

Study Plan

While we learn about vectors, we will examine such questions as:

  • How are vectors used in navigation? (Physics in Practice: Vectors in Navigation, page 71)
  • How can two positions be used to determine relative position? (Example 2, page 78)
  • How can vector algebra be used to determine direction? (Example 5, page 83)

Organize

  1. Prepare for lecture by reading the assigned sections from Chapter 3 in your textbook or ebook. This will provide an organizing framework for concepts introduced in lecture, and help you take better notes.
  2. Take the checkup quiz and work the Checkup questions in your textbook to assess your understanding of basic concepts. Take note of any topics you need to review further.
  3. Review the Examples from your textbook. These progress from simple to complex, and provide concrete illustrations of the concepts discussed.
  4. Review the Problem Solving Techniques box on Vector Addition and Subtraction and on Dot Product and Cross Product Vectors from your textbook.

Learn

  1. Re-read Chapter 3 and review your lecture notes.
  2. Access the Online Concept Tutorials given for this chapter. Tutorials use animation and interactive exercises to help develop your understanding of fundamental topics.
  3. Use the FlashCards to test your memory for new key terms and equations.
  4. Work the end of chapter Problems and Review Problems assigned by your instructor. If your instructor has assigned SmartWork online homework, login from the right navigation pane.

Connect

  1. Throughout the text Physics in Practice boxes explore real-world applications of core concepts in specific detail. In Chapter 3 see:
    Concept in Context Physics in Practice: Vectors in Navigation
  2. Physics in the News offers additional real-world physics applications, and a daily dose of science-based news.

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