# What are component vectors?

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Jan 10, 2015

A **vector** has both magnitude (which is its length) and direction (which is its angle).

Any two dimentional vector at an angle will have a **horizontal and a vertical component** .

A vector written as ( 12 , 8 ) will have 12 as its horizontal component, and 8 as its vertical component, and because both components are positive, the vector is pointing to the northeastern direction.