# Vectors – quantities with magnitude and direction

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## Vectors

**Vectors** are quantities that have a magnitude and direction. They are typically used to describe the relative position between two points.

You may remember first seeing vectors during GCSE Maths when studying translations in shape transformations, for example. You would have also seen them later on in GCSE Maths when studying coordinate geometry. We recap and explore **2D**** vectors** in the first year of A-Level Maths. You will also likely to be expected to use **arithmetic** and **solve problems** with them. We explore a brief extension to **3D vectors** in the second year of A-Level Maths. See below for the vector topics studied in each year of A-Level Maths.

## Other Areas in AS-Maths

- PROOF – proof by deduction, proof by exhaustion, disproof by counterexample
- ALGEBRA & FUNCTIONS – completing the square, cubics, curve sketching, discriminant, indices, inequalities, polynomials, quadratics, simultaneous equations, surds, transformations
- COORDINATE GEOMETRY – straight lines, equation of a circle
- SEQUENCES & SERIES – binomial expansion
- TRIGONOMETRY – non-right-angled triangles, trigonometric equations, trigonometric graphs, trigonometric identities
- EXPONENTIALS & LOGS – exponential & logarithmic graphs, logs, their rules and solving log equations, growth & decay, differentiating e to the kx
- DIFFERENTIATION – differentiation from first principles and differentiating polynomials, increasing & decreasing functions, stationary points, tangents & normals, differentiating e to the kx
- INTEGRATION – fundamental theorem of calculus and integrating powers of x, definite integrals
- NUMERICAL METHODS – (not covered at AS Level)

## Other Areas in A2 Maths

- PROOF – proof by contradiction
- ALGEBRA & FUNCTIONS – modulus of a function, partial fractions, inverse and composite functions, compound transformations
- COORDINATE GEOMETRY – parametric equations
- SEQUENCES & SERIES – arithmetic series (and sigma notation), geometric series, sequences, binomial expansion
- TRIGONOMETRY – radians, arc length & area of a sector, small angle approximations, reciprocal trigonometric functions, inverse trigonometric functions, double & compound angle formulae
- EXPONENTIALS & LOGARITHMS – compound transformations
- DIFFERENTIATION – concavity, convexity & inflection points, derivatives of trigonometric functions, product, quotient & chain rule, parametric & implicit differentiation, differentiating exp/log functions, differential equations & rates
- INTEGRATION – further integration, integration using trigonometric identities, integration by substitution, integration by parts, integration using partial fractions, solving differential equations,
- NUMERICAL METHODS – locating roots using iteration (including Newton-Raphson), trapezium rule