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What is the difference between a scalar and a vector? Give 3 examples of each.

A scalar is a quantity that has only magnitude (size)

E.G Distance, Speed, Temperature

A vector is a quantity that has magnitude and a direction.

E.G Displacement, Velocity, Change in Temperature.

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