Physics: Principles with Applications (7th Edition)

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ISBN 10: 0-32162-592-7
ISBN 13: 978-0-32162-592-2

Chapter 3 - Kinematics in Two Dimensions; Vectors - Questions: 3

Answer

Here are 2 examples: An automobile race on an oval track, where the cars have traveled a distance of hundreds of km, but have a displacement of zero. The Earth, which each year travels a long distance around the sun, but has a displacement of 0 (in the sun’s reference frame).

Work Step by Step

The displacement is zero when the starting and ending points are the same.
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