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What is the difference between a scalar and a vector?

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Wiki User
12/10/2010

A vector has a magnitude and a direction. A scalar is only a magnitude.

For example, If I say that I am going 60 m/s, that I have described my speed as a scalar value.

If I say I am going 60 m/s due east, I have described both my speed and direction and therefore it is a vector.