A scalar quantity is a measurement that does not contain directional information,, but only magnitude. It is opposed to a vector quantity, which contains both magnitude and direction.
Every real number is a scalar, because it contains only magnitude. Scalar quantities also exist in the real world, such as temperature. (Note, however, that the change in temperature is a vector.)
- ↑ Wile, Dr. Jay L. Exploring Creation With Physical Science. Apologia Educational Ministries, Inc. 1999, 2000
- ↑ Stewart, James. Calculus: Early Transcendentals. Brooks/Cole, 2008