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Q & A: Properties of vectors

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Most recent answer: 08/15/2011
Q:
If one has two vectors equal in magnitude and direction but with different units, then can the two vectors be considered equal to each other? For example, a displacement vector of 1m towards east and a velocity vector of 1m/s towards east.
- Niharika (age 19)
India
A:
No, they are not equal since they are different kinds of objects.  For example you can ask if there are three oranges and three apples are they the same because they have the same number?   No.

LeeH

(published on 08/15/2011)

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