AQA GCSE Physics

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5.6.6 Vector & Scalar Quantities

Vector & Scalar Quantities

  • All quantities in physics are either vectors or scalars
    • A scalar quantity describes a magnitude only, e.g. a room temperature of 16° C
    • A vector quantity describes both magnitude and direction, e.g. a large pot of rice exerts a force of 40 N downwards on a cooker
  • The table below summarises the vector and scalar quantities related to moving objects

Table showing vector-scalar distinction for quantities describing moving objectsScalar Vector Table, downloadable IGCSE & GCSE Physics revision notes

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