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Displacement and distance!

  1. Jun 17, 2010 #1
    I am confused about displacement and distance.
    displacement is the shortest possible path between two points in the space or plane in the particular direction.in the value of displacement a magnitude,unit,and direction is givin.

    distance is the magnitude of displacement or the any path between two points without expressing the direction.
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  3. Jun 17, 2010 #2
    Distance is not the magnitude of the displacement (well, it could be but in most cases won't be). Distance is the total length of the path drawn out by a motion or change. for example, if I ride my bike in a big circle once, its displacement is zero, because it is at the same position after the motion as before, but the distance traveled by it is the circumference of the circle drawn out.
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