# Finding the components of this vector

1. Feb 25, 2006

### opticaltempest

How is the vector g turning into the scalar g? What am I missing that is
allowing us to represent g as a scalar quantity and no longer a vector
quantity? When going through the algebra to find mg_x, (component
of gravity in the x-direction) I don't see how it turns into a
scalar of 9.8.

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2. Feb 25, 2006

### dicerandom

When they say $g$ instead of $\vec{g}$ they mean the magnitude of $\vec{g}$, i.e. $g=|\vec{g}| = \sqrt{g_x^2 + g_y^2}$.