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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 multiplied by a matrix.


  1. McAdams, David E.. All Math Words Dictionary, scalar. 2nd Classroom edition 20150108-4799968. pg 160. Life is a Story Problem LLC. January 8, 2015. Buy the book

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