# Explain why displacement is a vector quantity?

Let's say you're driving to work in the morning. You first drive north for $5$ miles, and then drive east for another $5$ miles.
Now let's say that when you get there, you take out a street map. If you were to draw a straight line starting at your house and ending at your workplace, that line would be your displacement vector. That straight line would be $\sqrt{50}$ miles long, (use the Pythagorean theorem) and it would be pointing northeast. Since the line has a direction, it needs to be a vector quantity. If it weren't a vector quantity, you wouldn't be able to draw it on a map at all, because it would just be a number.