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What is the difference between distance and displacement?
in Grade 12 Physical Sciences by Diamond (50,571 points) | 76 views

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Distance- This is the actual path traveled by an object from its initial path to the final position.

Displacement- This is change in the position of an object.

Distance is a scalar quantity that implies that the direction with which the object is moving is independent. while Displacement is a vector quantity and the direction is with which the object moves is taken into account.
by Wooden (2,549 points)
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Distance travelled takes into consideration the overall path travelled, whilst Displacement will cosider the total path travelled and geographic location of the object.
by Wooden (163 points)
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Distance is a scalar quantity-that refers to how much ground an object has covered during its motion.                        

Displacement is a vector quantity-that refers to how far out of place an object is,it is the objects overall change in position.
by Wooden (288 points)

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