Q. 2 A3.7( 103 Votes )

Clarify the differences

Distance and displacement

Answer :

i. Distance refers to "how much length an object has covered" during its motion. And, displacement  refers to "how far out of place an object is"; It is the object's overall change in position.


ii. It depends only on magnitude not on direction. Displacement depends on both magnitude as well as direction.


iii. The diagram is given below:



In the above diagram,


AB is the distance


ACDB is the distance travelled by the object.

iv) Distance is a scalar quantity as it has only magnitude whereas Displacement is a vector quantity as it has both magnitude and displacement.


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