Difference between Distance and Displacement in Tabular Form with Examples

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Here, you will get to know the difference between Distance and displacement in tabular form with examples.

Distance

Displacement

Definition: DISTANCE is defined as the length of the actual path between initial position and final position traveled by an object.

Definition: DISPLACEMENT is defined as the shortest length between initial position and final position of the path traveled by an object.

DISTANCE is a scalar quantity as it has only magnitude.

DISPLACEMENT is a vector quantity as it has both magnitudes as well as direction.

DISTANCE is always positive.

DISPLACEMENT can be positive or negative.

DISTANCE for an object can never be zero.

DISPLACEMENT for an object can be zero if the body returns to its initial position.

DISTANCE can never decrease with time.

DISPLACEMENT can decrease with time.

DISTANCE is always equal to or greater than displacement.

DISPLACEMENT is always equal to or lesser than distance.

DISTANCE always gives the complete information of the path followed by an object.

DISPLACEMENT may or may not give the complete information of the path followed by an object.

DISTANCE does not depend on direction.

DISPLACEMENT is dependent on direction.

DISTANCE = Speed x Time

DISPLACEMENT = Velocity x Time

DISTANCE is denoted by d or s.

DISPLACEMENT is denoted by s and a cap or an arrow above it.

S.I. Unit – meter denoted by m

Dimension - L

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