Calculate the addition of two or three vectors. This vector addition calculator will determine the vector points, magnitude, and angle of the new vector.
Vector Addition Formula
Vector addition involves adding each of the individual points on the vector to come up with new vector points. For example:
X (new vector) = X (vector 1) + X (vector 2)
How to add two vectors
The following is a step by step guide on adding vectors.
- The first step is to find the coordinates or values of each vector. For this example we will assume the first vector is (1,2,3) and the second vector is (4,5,6)
- The next step is to add the coordinates of the corresponding vector for example the X-coordinate would be 1+4 = 5. The resulting vector is (5,7,9)
- Finally, analyze the results to make sure all of the calculations were performed correctly.
What is a vector?
A vector is an object used to describe direction and magnitude in the coordinate plane. They are typically drawn as arrows when represented in a certain space. They are used mostly in physics, specifically mechanics, to describe motion of objects or forces on objects.
For examples, imagine a bowling ball rolling across the ground. The ball as a velocity vector that tells us about it’s movement. It has a direction and magnitude.
This same bowling ball also has a vector to describe its momentum. It will have the same direction as the velocity, but the magnitude will be different since momentum is a combination of velocity and mass. However, since mass is a scalar quantity, it only effects the magnitude and not the direction.
As i noted above, there are objects called scalars that are talked about in the same space as vectors. Scalars are simply that, a modifier of the magnitude of a specific vector.