This course developed techniques that make it easier to work with vectors. Instead of working with vectors geometrically, it is much more efficient to work with them in component form. When vectors are represented according to their components, engineering problems involving vectors can be solved by carrying out standard algebraic operations.
This foundation in manipulating and working with vectors will allow you to start thinking about modelling forces in increasingly complex situations as well as other scenarios, such as modelling movement of gasses, liquids or particles.
This OpenLearn course is an adapted extract from the Open University course T194 Engineering: mathematics, modelling, applications [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] .