Wendy first demonstrates a simple vector ‘displacement’ triangle, which pupils follow up, measuring and calculating the resultant vector. The pupils then investigate some of the vector notation, helped by an interactive website.
Wendy goes on to show how vectors can also represent velocities and forces. Pupils follow up this practical work in the classroom, with equipment borrowed from the science department and work on the vector triangles created.
Throughout the programme, Head of Maths Heather Reinecke, talks to Wendy about the importance of doing practical activities to really make sense of vectors.