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# Which of the following quantity has both magnitude and direction?

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Velocity
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Distance
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Speed
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Temperature
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Solution

## The correct option is A VelocityA vector is a quantity that has both magnitude and direction. A scalar is a quantity that has only magnitude, but no direction. Distance is the length of the path traversed by a body, so, it has no direction. It is a scalar quantity. Speed is given by the ratio of distance to time. Hence, speed is also a scalar quantity. Displacement, however, is the shortest distance between two points which is always unique in terms of direction. So, it is a vector quantity. Velocity is the ratio of displacement to time, and so, it is also a vector quantity. Temperature is a scalar quantity.

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