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Defining/introducing vectors informally

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Peter Jarvis

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( 5 months ago )

A vector is a collection of elements whose order matters. If the elements represent comparable measurements it can be said that they together represent a direction and a magnitude (length). The Pythagorean theorem is used to find the length of a vector.

This is to be represented to high school students. I want to ask for opinions so the definition can be as useful as possible while not misleading them.

EDIT: forgot to mention that the students are familiar with what a set is.

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Brian Burl

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( 5 months ago )

I think the "ordered 

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