Components of a Vector
This demonstration will show you the different ways that you can
visualize the x- and y-components of a two dimensional vector. Click the
rotate and magnitude buttons to change the
black vector. Click the other options
to change the display. See more below.
The two dimensional vector is the black
- You control the direction of this vector
with the 'Rotate Counterclockwise' and
'Rotate Clockwise' buttons.
- You control the size of this vector with
the 'Increase Magnitude' and
'Decrease Magnitude' buttons.
If the 'Show Components' checkbox is
selected, the x- and y-components of the two dimensional vector will be
- The components can be drawn in one of four styles.
Select the radio buttons labeled 1,
2, 3, and
4 to see these styles.
If the 'Show Angle' checkbox is selected,
then the angle for the two dimensional vector will be drawn.
- The angle can be drawn and output in either North,
South, West, East notation or in standard
position. Use the obvious radio buttons to see these
The angles can be presented as measured in
either degrees or radians.
- Use the last set of radio buttons to change this option.
- The abbreviation 'Deg.' is used for
- The abbreviation 'Rad.' is used for
radians. This is a bit unusual. In fact, angles in radians are usually
shown as pure numbers with no unit marked. We mark it here for clarity's