What do you understand by vector?

Every quantity and measurement is taken based on its speed, direction and magnitude. Based on these factors two quantities have been derived that is vector quantity and scalar quantity. Let us know more about vector quantity.

Definition

A vector quantity can be defined as the physical quantity that comprises of both magnitude and direction. A vector quantity which has the magnitude equal to one and in a direction is called a unit vector.

Symbol

Vector is represented by a lowercase alphabet with a “hat” circumflex. That is “û“.

Examples

Few examples of vector quantities in physics are listed below

  • Linear momentum
  • Acceleration
  • Displacement
  • Momentum
  • Angular velocity
  • Force

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