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Introduction to Vectors

YouTube classes with Dr Chris Tisdell

Introduction to Vectors
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ISBN: 978-87-403-0823-5
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Pages : 68
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  1. Reviews
  2. Description
  3. Preface
  4. Content
  5. About the Author


anonymous ★★★★★

Good material to start with.


"Introduction to Vectors" takes learning to a new level by combining written notes with online video. Each lesson is linked with a YouTube video from award-winning teacher and best-selling author Dr Chris Tisdell, where he explains the material in an inspiring and engaging way. Vectors provide a fascinating tool to describe motion and forces in physics and engineering. They also provide a simple framework for understanding geometry. Download the book and subscribe to Dr Chris Tisdell's YouTube channel!


This workbook is designed to be used in conjunction with the author’s free online video tutorials. Inside this workbook each chapter is divided into learning modules (subsections), each having its own dedicated video tutorial.

View the online video via the hyperlink located at the top of the page of each learning module, with workbook and paper or tablet at the ready. Or click on the Introduction to Vectors playlist where all the videos for the workbook are located in chronological order:

Introduction to Vectors

While watching each video, fill in the spaces provided after each example in the workbook and annotate to the associated text.

You can also access the above via the author’s YouTube channel

Dr Chris Tisdell’s YouTube Channel

There has been an explosion in books that connect text with video since the author’s pioneering work Engineering Mathematics: YouTube Workbook [31]. The current text takes innovation in learning to a new level, with all of the video presentations herein streamed live online, giving the classes a live, dynamic and fun feeling.


  1. The basics of vectors
    1. Geometry of vectors
    2. But, what is a vector?
    3. How big are vectors?
    4. Determine the vector from one point to another point
    5. Vectors in Three Dimensions
    6. Parallel vectors and collinear points example
    7. Vectors and collinear points example
    8. Determine the point that lies on vector: an example
  2. Lines and vectors
    1. Lines and vectors
    2. Lines in R3
    3. Lines: Cartesian to parametric form
    4. Lines: Parametric and Cartesian forms given two points
    5. Lines: Convert Parametric to Cartesian
    6. Cartesian to parametric form of line
  3. Planes and vectors
    1. The span of a vector
    2. Equation of plane: Parametric vector form
    3. Planes: Cartesian to parametric form
    4. Equation of plane from 3 points
  4. Dot and cross product
    1. What is the dot product?
    2. Orthogonal vectors
    3. Scalar Projection of vectors
    4. Distance between a point and a line in R3
    5. Cross product of two vectors
    6. Properties of the cross product
    7. What does the cross product measure?
    8. Scalar triple product
    9. What does the scalar triple product measure?
    10. Equation of plane in R3
    11. Distance between a point and a plane in R3
  5. Bibliography

About the Author

“With more than a million YouTube hits, Dr Chris Tisdell is the equivalent of a best-selling author or chart-topping musician. And the unlikely subject of this mass popularity? University mathematics.” [Sydney Morning Herald, 14/6/2012].

Chris Tisdell has been inspiring, motivating and engaging large mathematics classes at UNSW, Sydney for over a decade. His lectures are performance-like, with emphasis on contextualisation, clarity in presentation and a strong connection between student and teacher.

He blends the live experience with out-of-class learning, underpinned by flexibility, sharing and openness. Enabling this has been his creation, freely sharing and management of future-oriented online learning resources, known as Open Educational Resources (OER). They are designed to empower learners by granting them unlimited access to knowledge at a time, location and pace that suits their needs. This includes: hundreds of YouTube educational videos of his lectures and tutorials; an etextbook with each section strategically linked with his online videos; and live interactive classes streamed over the internet.

His approach has changed the way students learn mathematics, moving from a traditional closed classroom environment to an open, flexible and forward-looking learning model.

Indicators of esteem include: a prestigious educational partnership with Google; an etextbook with over 500,000 unique downloads; mathematics videos enjoying millions of hits from over 200 countries; a UNSW Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence; and 100% student satisfaction rating in teaching surveys across 15 different courses at UNSW over eight years.

Chris has been an educational consultant to The Australian Broadcasting Corporation and has advised the Chief Scientist of Australia on educational policy.

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