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**atran****Member**- Registered: 2013-07-12
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Hi,

There are at least two types of quantity: scalar quantity and vector quantity. Both have magnitude, but only the vector quantity has direction. A unit is a magnitude. Thus, if F is a vector quantity, then |F| is the magnitude of the quantity.

Am I thinking right?

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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|F| is the norm or Euclidean distance from the origin of the vector F,

Sometimes it is written like this.

There are other types of norms.

What is A unit?

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**atran****Member**- Registered: 2013-07-12
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Say x=10 metres: is the magnitude of x 10 or 10 metres? I believe the latter is true.

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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The magnitude is 10 meters.

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**atran****Member**- Registered: 2013-07-12
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Hi;

The magnitude of a number is its absolute value.

The magnitude of a vector is its length.

The magnitude of a scalar (e.g -10°) is the quantity itself.

Am I thinking right?

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Magnitude is always a positive. A scalar is any number. It can be positive or negative.

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