1. Not finding help here? Sign up for a free 30min tutor trial with Chegg Tutors
    Dismiss Notice
Dismiss Notice
Join Physics Forums Today!
The friendliest, high quality science and math community on the planet! Everyone who loves science is here!

Introduction to Vectors

  1. May 31, 2012 #1
    I am trying to write a hook for vectors on a linear algebra course. Does anyone have an opening fon vectors that will have a real impact on students?
     
  2. jcsd
  3. May 31, 2012 #2

    jedishrfu

    Staff: Mentor

    perhaps you could take a page from the Numbers TV show and devise a crime that is solved by using vector methods.

    You could have a similar tag line like: "We use Vectors everyday..."

    Perhaps you could look at your problem sets, pick a favorite problem and construct a science-fiction story around it to present to the student.

    Numb3rs TV show did have an episode called Vector but it was centered around the spread of a deadly virus.

    In another episode, Charlie uses support vectors:

    http://www.math.cornell.edu/~numb3rs/kostyuk/num219.htm

    and in yet another episode, Charlie tracks snipers:

    http://www.math.cornell.edu/~numb3rs/kostyuk/num109.htm

    Well you get the idea, take a common vector problem and dress it up as an interesting crime that is either proved or disproved by vector math.
     
  4. May 31, 2012 #3
  5. May 31, 2012 #4

    jedishrfu

    Staff: Mentor

    Last edited: May 31, 2012
Know someone interested in this topic? Share this thread via Reddit, Google+, Twitter, or Facebook