## Reflection: Student Ownership Solving Problems with Vectors - Section 3: Closure

A concern that some students raised was: how do you determine the magnitude in a problem?

The students seem confused because magnitude can be a rate, a weight(force), or many other quantities.

In response to this question one student offered that "magnitude is anything that is not the angle. The angle describes the direction." I was pleased that one student was able to define the magnitude in a way that helped other students to understand.

This demonstrated how students were using structure to help with precision.

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# Solving Problems with Vectors

Unit 11: Vectors and Complex Numbers
Lesson 4 of 11

## Big Idea: How can we model problems involving force, wind and other natural events?

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### Katharine Sparks

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