As you are reviewing your general physics concepts for the MCAT you will come across practice questions utilizing 1, 2, or 3 dimensions.

While the MCAT only tests on single and two-dimensional problems, you will often find yourself faced with a vector situated between the x and y axis. However, some of the required calculations, such as distance in the x-direction, or gravitational acceleration in the y-direction, will require the ability to break your initial vector into its components.

The video below shows you how to quickly and easily solve for the vector components using the given angle along with my MCAT trigonometry tricks and shortcuts.

## Translational Motion 2 – Vectors and Vector Components

(Watch on YouTube: Vectors and Components. Click cc on the bottom right for video transcription.)

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chree says

According to the question, if the branch is 50 m away from the initial distance wouldn’t that be the x value? I thought we were looking for the distance the bird flew?

Dee says

Great review!