Vectors of the Sea

This activity is designed for students to practice the addition and sutraction of vectors. You can print the second slide as the worksheet and have students work out the problems. Explain to them that there are other forces acting on the boats (for example: current), and one could add current as a third vector (and add all three together), but for this activity we are only considering two of the forces acting on the ships. This activity is also good practice for reading a compass. Have students estimate the compass angle rather than giving it to them. They can use a protractor or ruler to get more accurate numbers. Vector Components

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