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Unformatted text preview: sed to connect them. Displacement vs. Distance: • The magnitude of displacement of an object is not the same as the distance it travels. x Example: 0 xf xf xi x xi x PHYS 1L03, Fall 2013, McMaster University, R. Nejat – The mass of an object is a scalar quantity. PHYS 1L03, Fall 2013, McMaster University, R. Nejat One-Dimensional Motion xi magnitude and a direction. x1 x 0 • Vector: is a quantity that has both a xf xi PHYS 1L03, Fall 2013, McMaster University, R. Nejat 3 One-Dimensional (1D) Motion One-Dimensional Motion • Displacement • One Dimensional (1D) motion can be described by scalars (real numbers with units) as functions of time. – In one dimension (1 D) x –e.g. x(t) xi 0 • The sign (positive or negative) keeps track of direction. x xf xf x xi • f stands for final and i stands for initial. PHYS 1L03, Fall 2013, McMaster University, R. Nejat PHYS 1L03, Fall 2013, McMaster University, R. Nejat Motion One-Dimensional Motion x • Displacement (1D) – x xf • First establish a coordinate system xi – A Coordinate system 0 indicates the motion is in the • has an origin, a scale (unit) and a positive direction posi...
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