FHSST Physics/Vectors/Summary

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Summary of Important Quantities, Equations and Concepts

Table 3.1:Summary of the symbols and units of the quantities used in Vectors

 Quantity Symbol S.I. Units Direction Displacement $\overrightarrow{s}$ m yes Velocity $\overrightarrow{u}$ $\overrightarrow{v}$ m.s-1 yes Distance d m - Speed v m.s-1 - Acceleration $\overrightarrow{a}$ m.s-2 yes

Vector: A vector is a measurement which has both magnitude and direction.

Displacement: Displacement is a vector with direction pointing from some initial (starting) point to some final (end) point and whose magnitude is the straight-line distance from the starting point to the final point.

Distance: The distance traveled is the length of your actual path.

Velocity: Velocity is the rate of change of displacement with respect to time.

Acceleration: Acceleration is the rate of change of velocity with respect to time.

Resultant: The resultant of a number of vectors is the single vector whose effect is the same as the individual vectors acting together