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# What are the difference between distance and displacement?

Distance is the distance travelled by an object from its initial point to final point.

Say a point A is initial and a point B is final and the distance between them is

10m and an object moves from initial point to final point and the distance travelled

is 10m.

Displacement is the shortest distance between the initial and the final point.

Say a point A is initial and a point B is final and the distance between them is 10m .

The object moves from A to B and again from B to A. therefore the displacement

of the object is 0 because from A it came back to A itself. The shortest distance

from initial to final point is 0.

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Completely correct, but hard to follow unless you already know where it's headed.

Easier:

-- "Displacement" is the length between the start- and end-points, regardless of

the route you take to get there.

-- "Distance" is the total road you travel to get from the start point to the end point,

including all the winds, curves, twists, circles and side-trips along the way.

-- Distance can never be shorter than displacement for the same start- and end-points.

-- If you end the trip at the same point you started from, like for example running one lap

around a closed track, then the distance is something, but the displacement is zero. Study guides

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