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Displacement is only the distance from the starting point. As long as you return to where you started, then you can travel 1.0 x 10^999999999999 miles and still have a displacement of zero.

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Q: Explain how the displacement of an object could be zero while the distance traveled was 150 miles?
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What does it mean about your displacement is equal to the distance you traveled?

displacement is equal to the distance you traveled when the object is moving at shortest path


Does displacement always equal distance traveled?

No. Displacement is how far an object is from its original position. This means that if an object traveled in a circle and returned to its original point, it will have a displacement of 0 while the distance will be whatever the circumference of the circle was. Hope that helps.


Suppose that an object travels from one point in space to another Make a comparison between the displacement and the distance traveled?

the displacement is either less or equal to the distance traveled


How does the distance moved by an object between its starting point and its ending point compare with the displacement vector between the same point?

Displacement is how far the object is from the starting point, while distance traveled is the how far the object traveled all together. -Eric P


What is true for displacement 1.it cannot be zero 2. its magnitude is greater than the distance traveled by the object?

its magnitude is greater thatn the distance travelled by the object


An object (say car) goes from one point in space to another .After it arrives to its destination its displacement is ( ) than the distance it travelled?

No. The "displacement" is the difference in position, which is not the same as the distance traveled.


Can displacement ever be greater than the total distance traveled by a moving object?

When an object moves from point A to point B , its displacement is the straight line distance between those points. So, by definition, it is the shortest possible path. The object can certainly travel by a curved path from A to B so its actual distance traveled would be longer then its displacement. This would be true regardless of how much time it takes to travel the paths.


Explain that can displacement be zero even if distance is not equal to zero?

If the distance is measured from a point other than the initial position of the object.


What is the distance traveled by an object divided by the time in which the distance was traveled without identifying the direction traveled?

Speed describes the distance traveled by an object divided by the time in which the distance was traveled, if the direction is not specified.


A body is moving along a circular path of radius 'R' What is the distance and displacement of the body?

The distance is how far the object travels in total, the displacement is how far the object is from its starting position as the crow flys. e.g. if you leave your house and walk 5 miles to the shop and then 5 miles back home again. your distance traveled will be 10 miles but your displacement will be 0.


Will the displacement of a moving object in a given interval of time is zerowould the distance traveled by the object also be zero justify?

Displacement is a vector quantity while distance is a scalar quantity. so in case of displacement, it depends on final position. For example:- If a man walks on a circle, then if he completes one round then his displacement will be zero because the man is at same position as start position. But, his distance travelled will not be zero; it is equal to circumference of the circle.


An ion in a mass spectrometer follows a semicircular path of radius 15.2 cm What is the magnitude of the displacement?

The magnitude of the displacement of an object that has traveled in a semicircle (a half circle) is not the DISTANCE that it traveled, but the shortest distance between it's starting point and it's ending point. This means that the diameter of the semicircle = the displacement, so 15.2*2=30.4 cm is the answer.