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**paulb203****Member**- Registered: 2023-02-24
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Although displacement is regarded as a vector quantity is there one exception where it is a scalar quantity, i.e, when one undertakes a round trip and the displacment is zero?

(There is no direction to give, just the magnitude, i.e, zero)

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**Bob****Administrator**- Registered: 2010-06-20
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Hmm. Good point. I've never thought about that before. The nul vector is definitely a vector. If a vector had components x and y then the angle that vector makes with the positive x axis is arctan(y/x).

If x = y = 0 then y/x is indeterminate. So I guess it has a direction but nobody knows, or will know, what it is.

There's plenty of things you can work out so I think just file this away with Schrodinger's cat.

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**paulb203****Member**- Registered: 2023-02-24
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Thanks, Bob.

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