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Is torque a vector or a scalar quantity?

  1. Apr 14, 2006 #1
    Is torque a vector or a scalar quantity? Thanks.
     
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  3. Apr 14, 2006 #2
    It is a vector because it has direction.
     
  4. Apr 14, 2006 #3
    Thanks, I was thinking that but then again I was thinking of scalar because it seems wierd to say 110 T 89 degrees SofW
     
  5. Apr 14, 2006 #4

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    Torque is a vector. But in many introductory problems, the forces all act in a single plane and all that matters is the orientation of the torque (for example: clockwise versus counterclockwise).
     
  6. Apr 14, 2006 #5
    Yeah, we are doing simple questions such as Tcw = Tccw to find out forces, lengths, angles or masses. So that is also why it was confusing me. Thanks both of you.
     
  7. Apr 16, 2006 #6
    yeah it is a vector because it has direction. a scaler only has magnitude whilst a vector has magnitude and direction.
     
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