Vector Calculations – Complete Lesson

This is a complete lesson on vector calculations that looks at how to express vectors, including as column vectors, and how to find the length of a vector. The lesson is designed with the new GCSE specification in mind.

Lesson Objectives

  • To represent combinations of vectors and scalar multiples of vectors in the plane pictorally.
  • To calculate the sum of 2 vectors, the difference of 2 vectors and a scalar multiple of a vector using column vectors.

Who is this Lesson For?

This pack is designed for GCSE higher or foundation tier students. It could also be used with Key Stage 3 students.

What is Included?

Included in this download are the following:

  • Full lesson plan for the ‘Vector Calculations’ lesson, including introduction, teaching content, individual activities, plenary and suggested support and extension activities
  • Keyword Anagrams
  • Vector Multiple Example
  • Coordinate Grid
  • Vector Addition Example
  • Vector Subtraction Example
  • Student Worksheet on Vector Calculations
  • True or False Cards
  • Vectors Fact Sheet
  • Complete Solutions to all Questions

Lesson Progression

This is the second lesson in the ‘Vectors’ unit of work (foundation tier) and also the second lesson in the ‘Vectors & Geometric Proof’ unit of work (higher tier).

The Vectors unit is available as a pack including homework activities and a unit assessment.

The other lesson in the unit is:

The Vectors & Geometric Proof unit is also available as a pack with homework activities and a unit assessment.

The other lessons in this unit are: