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Modelling displacements and velocities

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In this free course, Modelling displacements and velocities, you will see first how to convert vectors from geometric form, in terms of a magnitude and direction, to component form, and then how conversion in the opposite sense is accomplished. The ability to convert between these different forms of a vector is useful in certain problems involving displacement and velocity, as shown in Section 2, in which you will also work with bearings.

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • convert a vector from geometric form (in terms of magnitude and direction) to component form
  • convert a vector from component form to geometric form
  • understand the use of bearings to describe direction
  • understand the difference between velocity and speed
  • find resultant displacements and velocities in geometric form, via the use of components.

By: The Open University

  • Duration 3 hours
  • Updated Monday 22nd February 2016
  • Introductory level
  • Posted under Mathematics Education
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Modelling displacements and velocities

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In this course you will see first how to convert vectors from geometric form, in terms of a magnitude and direction, to component form, and then how conversion in the opposite sense is accomplished. The ability to convert between these different forms of a vector is useful in certain problems involving displacement and velocity, as shown in Section 2, in which you will also work with bearings.

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