College Physics (7th Edition)

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ISBN 10: 0-32160-183-1
ISBN 13: 978-0-32160-183-4

Chapter 2 - Kinematics: Description of Motion - Learning Path Questions and Exercises - Conceptual Questions: 3


If the displacement of an object is 300m north, you can infer that the distance traveled by the object is at least 300m.

Work Step by Step

The object may have traveled a farther distance if it didn't travel in a straight line, or if it traveled another direction then switched directions, but the bare minimum distance it could have traveled is still 300m because that is the object's final displacement from its starting point.
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