# Distance Verses Displacement In Measuring Motion

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Distance Verses Displacement

In this lesson students will discover the important distinction between distance and displacement of a moving object. First students will write the directions from memory down to the closest restaurant from their school. Then they will look up the most direct directions to the same restaurant from their school. The instructor will then explain the terms distance and displacement and how one is a scalar quantity and the other is a vector quantity. Students will answer inquiry questions and then draw what the terms mean. Worksheets will include calculation of the distance and displacement of 5 situations in an easy to follow format. This lesson will reinforce the difference in the terms of distance and displacement.

Includes:
Route to a Restaurant Sheet
Hockey Player You Explain It! Sheet
Measure the Distance and Displacement Sheet
NEXT GENERATION SCIENCE STANDARDS
PS2.A: Forces and Motion
Momentum is defined for a particular frame of reference; it is
the mass times the velocity of the object. (HS-PS2-2
The motion of an object is determined by the sum
of the forces acting on it; if the total force on the
object is not zero, its motion will change. The
greater the mass of the object, the greater the
force needed to achieve the same change in
motion. All positions of objects and the directions of forces
and motions must be described in an arbitrarily
chosen reference frame and arbitrarily chosen units
of size. In order to share information with other
people, these choices must also be shared. (MSPS2-2)
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