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Vector book

  1. Jan 20, 2008 #1
    I am at high school level, I just started with vectors,but topics given in my school books
    didn't seem enough to me, they are just too brief and unorganized.

    could any one tell which book could best for me, to study vectors?????????
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  3. Jan 20, 2008 #2
    Let me just ask you a few questions.

    Are you at the level of drawing out the vectors, and using bith trig and pythagoras to find the resultant? Have you done any work on inclined plains?
  4. Jan 20, 2008 #3
    yes I am just starting with addition ,multiplication , and using orthogonal vectors
  5. Jan 20, 2008 #4


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    Any conservative, old, trigonometry book should be helpful. What book are you currently using? I found a Trigonometry book by Larson & Hostetler of a few years old, seems to be good. Information about handling vectors is more difficult; so maybe you just need to concentrate on this more than other topics.
  6. Jan 21, 2008 #5


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    i like adams and shifrin. i also have a free linear algebra book on my website.

    there was good beginning book by paul shields a long time ago, that started in 2 and 3 dimensions.

    heres one for a dollar:

    Elementary linear algebra (ISBN: 0879010258)
    Paul C Shields
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    and here is one written especially for high school students in the 1960's:

    Introduction to Matrix Algebra
    School Mathematics Study Group
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  8. Jan 21, 2008 #7


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    The difficulty, sadhu, is that you didn't tell us what kind of vectors you are interested in.

    I suspect that you are dealing with vectors as "arrows", perhaps representing motion, velocity, or acceleration. That's the kind of "vector" CrawfordK and symbolipoint are talking about (although your response "yes I am just starting with addition ,multiplication , and using orthogonal vectors" doesn't really help distinguish).

    Mathwonk is talking about vectors in "Linear Algbra" a more abstract, mathematical treatment that is taught in some highschools.
  9. Jan 21, 2008 #8
    I have started with spatial vectors , involving triangle law and more importantly their application in geometery
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