ACT Math Tip
Vectors: Direction and Magnitude
Brush up on your right triangle skills to handle the most difficult of vector items! #newACTcontent #math #ACT #36U
Step 1: Use the Pythagorean theorem to find the magnitude of the vector.
The vector’s magnitude is approximately 3.5 meters per second.
Step 2: Use a trig ratio to find the direction of the vector.
In this case, we set up the tangent ratio to find the missing angle. The vector’s direction is approximately 31 degrees south of east.