1
You visited us 1 times! Enjoying our articles? Unlock Full Access!
Question

# Electric current is a scalar quantity but it possesses magnitude and direction. Why?

Open in App
Solution

## Electric current:The rate of flow of electrons in a conductor is called an electric current. Electric current is denoted by the alphabet “I”.The SI unit of electric current is the $\mathrm{Ampere}$.Whenever two currents meet at a junction in the terms of electrical current, the resultant current is an algebraic sum rather than the vector sum. As a result, although having magnitude and direction, an electric current is a scalar quantity.It reflects the orientation of positive charge passage, but it is handled as a scalar number since current obeys scalar addition laws rather than vector additions laws, and the relationship seen between wires' current-carrying conductor has no effect on the overall current in the circuit.Therefore, electric current is a scalar quantity but it possesses magnitude and direction.

Suggest Corrections
53
Join BYJU'S Learning Program
Related Videos
Introduction
PHYSICS
Watch in App
Explore more
Join BYJU'S Learning Program