The Logic of Displacement


Quantities that require both a magnitude and direction to desc

Basic Info on Displacement

Distance and displacement are two quantities that may seem to mean the same thing yet have distinctly different definitions and meanings.

  • Distance is a scalar quantity that refers to "how much ground an object has covered" during its motion.
  • Displacement is a vector quantity that refers to "how far out of place an object is"; it is the object's overall change in position.