Can you associate vectors with (a) the length of a wire bent into a loop, (b) a plane area, (c) a sphere? Explain.
No; Yes; No
(a) One cannot associate a vector with the length of a wire bent into a loop.
(b) One can associate an area vector with a plane area. The direction of this vector is normal, inward or outward to the plane area.
(c) One cannot associate a vector with the volume of a sphere. However, an area vector can be associated with the area of a sphere.
(a) We cannot associate a vector with the length of a wire bent into a loop. This is because the length of the loop does not have a definite direction.
(b) We can associate a vector with a plane area. Such a vector is called area vector and its direction is represented by a normal drawn outward to the area.
(c) The area of a sphere does not point in any difinite direction. However, we can associate a null vector with the area of the sphere. We cannot associate a vector with the volume of a sphere.
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