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Position, Displacement, and Average Velocity

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Position, Displacement, and Average Velocity


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You get to learn what physicists mean when they talk about position, displacement, and velocity. Then observe these concepts in action with position-time and velocity-time graphs.

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Now You Know

After completing this tutorial, you will be able to complete the following:

  • Define position.
  • Define displacement vector.
  • Define velocity.
  • State that the magnitude of velocity can be calculated by dividing the distance taken by the elapsed time.

Everything You'll Have Covered

Define position.

Position is a vector quantity used to express the location of an object by describing its distance to a reference point and the direction of the reference point.

What is displacement?

Displacement is a vector quantity that refers to the change in position of an object. Displacement can be determined by finding the difference between the first and last position vectors of an object. Displacement and distance traveled are not the same.

Explain the concept of velocity.

Velocity is a vector quantity in the displacement direction. It is a measurement of the rate at which an object changes its position.

Describe the steps for finding the average velocity vector.

The average velocity vector can be found by dividing the displacement vector by the elapsed time.

Tutorial Details

Approximate Time 2 Minutes
Pre-requisite Concepts Students should be able to define average velocity, displacement vector, and position.
Course Physics
Type of Tutorial Animation
Key Vocabulary average velocity, displacement vector, position