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This free course, Using vectors to model, introduces the topic of vectors. The subject is developed without assuming you have come across it before, but the course assumes that you have previously had a basic grounding in algebra and trigonometry, and how to use Cartesian coordinates for specifying a point in a plane.
After studying this course, you should be able to:
- show an awareness of some basic definitions and terminology associated with scalars and vectors and how to represent vectors in two dimensions
- understand how vectors can be represented in three (or more) dimensions
- show an awareness of both plane polar and Cartesian representations
- understand ways to operate on and combine vectors.
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Using vectors to model
This course introduces the topic of vectors. The subject is developed without assuming you have come across it before, but the course assumes that you have previously had a basic grounding in algebra and trigonometry, and how to use Cartesian coordinates for specifying a point in a plane.
This OpenLearn course provides a sample of level 2 study in.
This free course includes adapted extracts from an Open University course which is no longer available to new students. If you found this interesting you could explore more free Mathematics Education courses or view the range of currently available OU Mathematics Education courses.
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Originally published: Friday, 1st April 2011
Last updated on: Tuesday, 23rd February 2016
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