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Displacement vs. Point of Origin

  1. Sep 19, 2008 #1

    this seems easy, but i'm not sure.

    Does the displacement depend on the choice of the origin for the coordinate system?
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  3. Sep 19, 2008 #2


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    Imagine a particle moving horizontally from A to B. If we put our coordinate system's origin on A calculate the displacement, now put it on B and calculate the displacement. Now an arbitrary point. Did you notice the modulus of the displacement vector showing distinct values each time?
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