You must have heard the terms distance and displacement. Let us discuss the difference between the two. We will also discuss the characteristics of displacement.
1. Distance: The actual length of the path covered by a body in moving from one position to another is called distance traveled by the body. Suppose you move in a square shaped ground (each side 100 m) from east to west, then from west to east at the same point. The total distance covered will be 200 m. It is a scalar quantity. It is measured in centimeters (cm) in the CGS system and in metres (m) in the M.K.S system or SI units. The distance covered by a body in motion can never be zero or negative. Continue reading “Distance and Displacement Difference”