College Physics (7th Edition)

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ISBN 10: 0-32160-183-1
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Chapter 2 - Kinematics: Description of Motion - Learning Path Questions and Exercises - Conceptual Questions: 1

Answer

Yes displacement can be zero even when distance traveled is not zero, since the displacement is separation between initial and final position whereas distance is length of total path taken to reach initial to final position. So, if a path is taken so that initial and final position are same then displacement is zero but distance is not zero.

Work Step by Step

Yes displacement can be zero even when distance traveled is not zero, since the displacement is separation between initial and final position whereas distance is length of total path taken to reach initial to final position. So, if a path is taken so that initial and final position are same then displacement is zero but distance is not zero.
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