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Distance & displacement are two quantities that may seem to mean the same thing yet have distinctly different definitions & meanings.

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To thử nghiệm your understanding of this distinction, consider the motion depicted in the diagram below. A physics teacher walks 4 meters East, 2 meters South, 4 meters West, and finally 2 meters North.