Scalar

Pronunciation: /ˈskeɪ lər/ ?

A scalar is a number that is multiplied by a math object. This number is used to make all parts of the math object bigger or smaller. In other words, a scalar is used to scale an object.

The scalar 5 being multiplied by a 2x2 matrix.
Figure 1: The scalar 5 being multiplied by a matrix.

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  1. scalar. http://wordnet.princeton.edu/. WordNet. Princeton University. (Accessed: 2011-01-08). http://wordnetweb.princeton.edu/perl/webwn?s=scalar&sub=Search+WordNet&o2=&o0=1&o7=&o5=&o1=1&o6=&o4=&o3=&h=.

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Scalar. 2008-09-06. All Math Words Encyclopedia. Life is a Story Problem LLC. http://www.allmathwords.org/en/s/scalar.html.

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2008-09-06: Added 'More Information' (McAdams, David.)
2008-03-10: Initial version (McAdams, David.)

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