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Is there any example for motion which will have same distance and displacement?

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July 14, 2009 9:25PM

Sure. If the motion is all in a straight line, then the distance and displacement are equal. ==> The Olympic 100-meter sprint is in a straight line. Distance = Displacement = 100 meters. If the direction of motion ever changes, then the distance and displacement are not equal. (I think if the direction of motion ever changes, then the distance has to be greater than the displacement.) ==> In the Indianapolis 500, Distance = 500 miles, Displacement = Zero, because the Starting line and Finish line are in the same place, so the car finishes at the same place he started at.