Selina Solutions Class 9 Physics Solutions for Exercise 2A in Chapter 2 - Chapter 2 Motion In One Dimension

Question 6 Exercise 2A

Differentiate between distance and displacement.


The differences are as follows:

Distance Displacement
It is the length of the pathway moved by any body/object at a particular time. It is the distance covered by an object in a particular direction at a certain time.
Scalar quantity Vector quantity
Dependent on the path followed by the object. Independent of the path followed by the object
Since it has magnitude only, the value is always positive. Since it has both magnitude and direction, it value can be positive or negative.
Can be more than or equal to the magnitude of displacement. Can be less than or equal to the distance, but never greater than the distance.

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