Enter the velocity and angles of up to 5 different velocity vectors into the calculator to determine the net velocity.
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Net Velocity Formula
The following equation is used to calculate the Net Velocity.
Vx = V1*cos(a1) + V2*cos(a2) + …
Vy = V1*sin(a1) +V2*sin(a2) +…
Vmag = SQRT(Vx^2 + Vy^2)
- Where Vx is the net x-velocity
- Vy is the net y velocity
- V1 – V5 are the individual velocities
- a1 – a5 are the angle of the velocities
- Vmag is the magnitude of the net velocity
What is a Net Velocity?
A net velocity is defined as the total magnitude and direction of the summation of 2 or more velocity vectors.
How to Calculate Net Velocity?
The following example outlines the steps and information needed to calculate Net Velocity.
In this example we will look at the net velocity of two different velocity vectors.
Vector 1 = 5 m/s @ 20 degrees
Vector 2 = 10 m/s @ 60 degrees
Using the formula above we find:
Vx = 5*cos(20deg) + 10*cos(60deg) = 9.69 m/s
Vy = 5*sin(20deg) +10*sin(60deg) = 10.37 m/s
Vmag = sqrt(9.69^2 + 10.37^2) = 14.19 m/s