Distance and Displacement Difference

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”