Physics Scalar

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- is a simple physical quantity that does not depend on direction, and is therefore not changed by coordinate system rotations (in Newtonian mechanics), or by Lorentz transformations (in relativity).

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Scalar - is a simple physical quantity that does not depend on direction, and is therefore not changed by coordinate system rotations (in Newtonian mechanics), or by Lorentz transformations (in relativity).Examples:For example, the distance between two points in space is a scalar, as are the mass, charge, and kinetic energy of an object, or the temperature and electric potential at a point inside a medium. On the other hand, the electric field at a point is not a scalar in this sense, since to specify it one must give three real numbers that depend on the coordinate system chosen. The speed of an object is a scalar (e.g. 180 km/h), while its velocity is not (i.e. 180 km/h north). The gravitational force acting on a particle is not a scalar, but its magnitude is.Examples of scalar quantities in Newtonian mechanics:electric charge and charge densitymass and mass densityspeed, but not velocity or momentumtemperatureenergy and energy densitytimepressureentropynegentropyVector - is a concept characterized by a magnitude and a direction, and which sums with other vectors according to the Parallelogram law. A vector can be thought of as an arrow in Euclidean space, drawn from an initial point A pointing to a terminal point B. This vector is commonly denoted by indicating that the arrow points from A to B. In this way, the arrow holds all the information of the vector quantity the magnitude is represented by the arrow's length and the direction by

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