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The distance and displacement of an object are the same when?

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2009-02-13 18:27:05
2009-02-13 18:27:05

The distance and displacement are the same when the displacement is parallel to itself or straight. Displacement is a vector and distance is a real number or scalar. If an object is displaced around a circle the displacement is zero and the distance is 2pi r.

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