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Scalar

  • In physics, we deal with two types of physical quantities one is scalar and the other is a vector.
  • A scalar quantity only has a magnitude and a unit, it can be represented by a number only. A scalar does not have any direction.
    Example: Mass = 4 kg
  • The magnitude of mass = 4, Unit of mass = kg
  • Example of scalar quantities: Mass, Speed, Distance, etc.
  • Scalar quantities can be added, subtracted, and multiplied by simple laws of algebra.

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Vector

  • Vector is the physical quantities having magnitude as well as specified direction.Types of Vectors and Scalars - Motion in a Plane, Class 11, Physics | EduRev Notes
    Specified Direction
  • For example: Speed = 4 m/s (is a scalar), Velocity = 4 m/s toward north (is a vector).
  • If someone wants to reach some location, then it is not sufficient to provide information about the distance of that location it is also essential to tell him about the proper direction from the initial location to the destination.
  • The magnitude of a vector is the absolute value of a vector and is indicated by |A|.
  • Example of Vector quantity: Displacement, velocity, acceleration, force, etc.

Table: Difference between Vector and Scalar

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General Points Regarding Vectors

 Representation of Vector

  • Geometrically, the vector is represented by a line with an arrow indicating the direction of the vector as:

Types of Vectors and Scalars - Motion in a Plane, Class 11, Physics | EduRev NotesVector

  • Mathematically, the vector is represented by Types of Vectors and Scalars - Motion in a Plane, Class 11, Physics | EduRev Notes. Sometimes it is represented by the bold letter A.

Types of Vectors and Scalars - Motion in a Plane, Class 11, Physics | EduRev Notes

  • Thus, the arrow in the above figure represents a vectorTypes of Vectors and Scalars - Motion in a Plane, Class 11, Physics | EduRev Notes in XY-plane making an angle θ with the x-axis.
  • A representation of the vector will be complete if it gives us direction and magnitude.
  • Symbolic form: Types of Vectors and Scalars - Motion in a Plane, Class 11, Physics | EduRev Notes used to separate a vector quantity from scalar quantities (u, i, m).
  • Graphical form: A vector is represented by a directed straight line, having the magnitude and direction of the quantity represented by it.
    Example: If we want to represent a force of 5 N acting 45° N of ETypes of Vectors and Scalars - Motion in a Plane, Class 11, Physics | EduRev Notes(i) We choose direction coordinates.
    (ii) We choose a convenient scale like 1 cm = 1 N.
    (iii) We draw a line of length equal in magnitude and in the direction of vector to the chosen quantity.
    (iv) We put an arrow in the direction of the vector.

The Angle Between Two Vectors (θ)

The angle between two vectors means smaller of the two angles between the vectors when they are placed tail to tail by displacing either of the vectors parallel to itself.

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 Negative of Vector

It implies vectors of the same magnitude but opposite in direction.

Types of Vectors and Scalars - Motion in a Plane, Class 11, Physics | EduRev NotesNegative vector

Equality of Vectors

Vectors having equal magnitude and same direction are called equal vectors.

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Types of Vectors and Scalars - Motion in a Plane, Class 11, Physics | EduRev Notes

Collinear Vectors

Any two vectors are collinear, then one can be expressed in terms of others. Types of Vectors and Scalars - Motion in a Plane, Class 11, Physics | EduRev Notes = Types of Vectors and Scalars - Motion in a Plane, Class 11, Physics | EduRev Notes (where λ is a constant)

Types of Vectors and Scalars - Motion in a Plane, Class 11, Physics | EduRev NotesCollinear vector

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Co-initial Vector

If two or more vectors start from the same point, then they called co-initial vectors.

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Co-initial vector

Here A, B, C, D are co-initial vectors.

Coplanar Vectors
Three (or more) vectors are called coplanar vectors if they lie in the same plane or are parallel to the same plane. Two (free) vectors are always coplanar.

Types of Vectors and Scalars - Motion in a Plane, Class 11, Physics | EduRev NotesCoplanar Vectors

Note:

If the frame of reference is translated or rotated the vector does not change (though its components may change).

➤ Multiplication and Division of a Vector by a Scalar

  • Multiplying a vectorTypes of Vectors and Scalars - Motion in a Plane, Class 11, Physics | EduRev Notes with a positive number λ gives a vectorTypes of Vectors and Scalars - Motion in a Plane, Class 11, Physics | EduRev Notes whose magnitude becomes λ times, but the direction is the same as that ofTypes of Vectors and Scalars - Motion in a Plane, Class 11, Physics | EduRev Notes.
    Multiplying a vectorTypes of Vectors and Scalars - Motion in a Plane, Class 11, Physics | EduRev Notes by a negative number λ gives a vector Types of Vectors and Scalars - Motion in a Plane, Class 11, Physics | EduRev Notes whose direction is opposite to the direction of  Types of Vectors and Scalars - Motion in a Plane, Class 11, Physics | EduRev Notes and whose magnitude is λ times Types of Vectors and Scalars - Motion in a Plane, Class 11, Physics | EduRev Notes.
  • The division of vector Types of Vectors and Scalars - Motion in a Plane, Class 11, Physics | EduRev Notes by a non-zero scalar 'm' is defined as the multiplication of Types of Vectors and Scalars - Motion in a Plane, Class 11, Physics | EduRev Notes by Types of Vectors and Scalars - Motion in a Plane, Class 11, Physics | EduRev Notes
  • At here Types of Vectors and Scalars - Motion in a Plane, Class 11, Physics | EduRev Notes and Types of Vectors and Scalars - Motion in a Plane, Class 11, Physics | EduRev Notes are colinear vector.

➤ Multiplication of a Vector

  • By a Real Number
    When a vector A is multiplied by a real number n, then its magnitude becomes n times but direction and unit remains unchanged.
  • By a Scalar
    When a vector A is multiplied by a scalar S, then its magnitude becomes S times, and unit is the product of units of A and S but direction remains same as that of vector A.

➤ Scalar or Dot Product of Two Vectors

  • The scalar product of two vectors is equal to the product of their magnitudes and the cosine of the smaller angle between them. It is denoted by . (dot)
    A . B = AB cos θ
  • The scalar or dot product of two vectors is a scalar.

➤ Properties of Scalar Product

  • Scalar product is commutative, i.e.,
    A . B= B . A
  • Scalar product is distributive, i.e.,
    A . (B + C) = A . B + A . C
  • Scalar product of two perpendicular vectors is zero.
    A . B = AB cos 90° = 0
  • Scalar product of two parallel vectors is equal to the product of their magnitudes, i.e., A . B = AB cos 0° = AB
  • Scalar product of a vector with itself is equal to the square of its magnitude, i.e.,
    A . A = AA cos 0° = A2
  • Scalar product of orthogonal unit vectors and Scalar product in cartesian coordinates
    = AxBx + AyBy + AzBz

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➤ Vector or Cross Product of Two Vectors

  • The vector product of two vectors is equal to the product of their magnitudes and the sine of the smaller angle between them. It is denoted by X (cross).
    A X B = AB sin θ n
    Types of Vectors and Scalars - Motion in a Plane, Class 11, Physics | EduRev NotesVector cross product
  • The direction of unit vector n can be obtained from right hand thumb rule.
  • If fingers of right hand are curled from A to B through smaller angle between them, then thumb will represent the direction of vector (A X B).
  • The vector or cross product of two vectors is also a vector.

➤ Properties of Vector Product

  • Vector product is not commutative, i.e.,
    A X B ≠ B X A  [∴ (A X B) = - (B X A)]
  • Vector product is distributive, i.e.,
    A X (B + C) = A X B + A X C
  • Vector product of two parallel vectors is zero, i.e.,
    A X B = AB sin 0° = 0
  • Vector product of any vector with itself is zero.
    A X A = AA sin 0° = 0
  • Vector product of orthogonal unit vectors.
  • Vector product in cartesian coordinates.

Try yourself:The angle between the vectors (A x B) and (B x A) is:
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➤ Direction of Vector Cross Product

  • When C = A X B, the direction of C is at right angles to the plane containing the vectors A and B. The direction is determined by the right hand screw rule and right hand thumb rule.
  • Right Hand Thumb Rule Curl the fingers of your right hand from A to B. Then, the direction of the erect thumb will point in the direction of A X B.
    Types of Vectors and Scalars - Motion in a Plane, Class 11, Physics | EduRev NotesRight Hand Thumb Rule
  • Right Hand Screw Rule Rotate a right handed screw from first vector (A) towards second vector (B). The direction in which the right handed screw moves gives the direction of vector (C).
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