Scalar

Pronunciation: /ˈskeɪ lər/ Explain

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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McAdams, David E. Scalar. 5/5/2011. All Math Words Encyclopedia. Life is a Story Problem LLC. http://www.allmathwords.org/en/s/scalar.html.

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9/6/2008: Added 'More Information'. (McAdams, David E.)
3/10/2008: Initial version. (McAdams, David E.)

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