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Unformatted text preview: ion with constant velocity !xba = xb " xa = "( xa " xb ) = " !xab August 31, 2006 Physics for Scientists&Engineers 1 5 August 31, 2006 Physics for Scientists&Engineers 1 6 D is t a n c e ! The distance is the absolute value of the displacement E x a m p le : R o u n d t r ip ( 1 ) ! Distance between Des Moines, Iowa, and Iowa City, is listed as 113.5 miles or 182.6 km • Straight line, to very good approximation ! = !x ! Distance is always positive (or 0) ! Distance is a scalar, displacement a vector ! Question: • If we take a round trip Des Moines – Iowa City – Des Moines, what is the total distance and displacement for this trip? August 31, 2006 Physics for Scientists&Engineers 1 7 August 31, 2006 Physics for Scientists&Engineers 1 8 E x a m p le : R o u n d t r ip ( 2 ) ! Answer: • Distance: total distance = sum of d is ta n c e D e s M o in e s - Io w a C ity p lu s d is ta n c e Io w a C ity - D e s M o in e s . E a c h d is ta n c e is 1 8 2 .6 k m...
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