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Homework Help: Displacement and velocity

  1. Feb 9, 2010 #1
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    Hi, I'm new to physics and to theses forums. Hope to learn a lot and succeed in physics for school and most likely university. I'm just stuck on this one question:

    Will displacement and velocity always have the same direction?

    Thanks in advance.
    Last edited: Feb 9, 2010
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  3. Feb 9, 2010 #2
    Oh I forgot to put what I have thought of:

    Displacement is the shortest possible distance between things, and thus, it can be in a different direction than velocity.
    A projectile can be shot upward at a very slight angle, and so, the velocity would be in the upward direction, but from where it was shot and where it lands is the displacement (given it's on an even surface), which is in a horizontal direction.

    Is this correct?
  4. Feb 9, 2010 #3


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    Welcome to PF!

    Hi Silver15! Welcome to PF! :smile:

    (btw, never reply to your own initial question: it takes the question off the No-replies list: edit the question instead :wink:)
    Yup, all correct! :biggrin:

    (except, of course, displacement isn't actually a distance, is it? :wink:)
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