Electric Current is a Scalar Quantity but it Possesses Magnitude and Direction. Why?

Electric current is a scalar quantity. Any physical quantity is termed as a vector quantity when the quantity has magnitude and direction. But there are other factors that determine the quantity as vector or scalar quantity. If the physical quantity obeys the laws of vector addition such as triangle law of vector addition and parallelogram law of vector addition, then the quantity is said to be a vector quantity.

In the case of electric current, when two currents meet at a junction, the resultant current of these will be an algebraic sum and not the vector sum. Therefore, an electric current is a scalar quantity although it possesses magnitude and direction.

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