Physics

Difference Between Distance And Displacement

Difference between distance and displacement
Distance Vs Displacement

Distance is the length of a path between two points, while Displacement is the shortest distance between two points. Distance is the scalar quantity while Displacement is the vector quantity.

 Difference between distance and displacement in tabular form

                                    DISTANCE                              DISPLACEMENT

Definition

Distance between two points is the distance covered by the body. It may or may not be in a straight line.it IS a straight line distance between the initial and final position of a body.

 

Nature

It is a scalar quantityIt is a vector quantity

Unit

Its S.l unit is a meter (m)Its S.l unit is a meter (m)

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What is Displacement?

The distance covered by a body in a particular direction in a unit of time is known as displacement. Being a vector quantity it has magnitude as well as direction.

Example of Displacement

  • Consider two points A and B such that a body Is placed at point A.
  • The body can move from point A to point B along different paths I.II, III, IV, as shown In figure.
  • it can be seen from fig. that the body traveled the distance in a straight line along the path only.
  • The distance traveled by the body between points A and B along path IV is the shortest distance and is covered in a definite direction. This distance Is known as displacement.

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