Distance vs. DisplacementDistance is a scalar quantity and displacement is a vector quantity.
Distance- has only magnitude- measures the actual ground covered- it can only be positive
Displacement- measured with reference to a specific point- straight line from starting point to end point- can be positive or negative
Easy UnderstandingDistance is the length of the path between 2 points.Displacement is the direction from the starting point and the length of a straight line from the starting point to the ending point.
Helpful TipThe SI Unit for distance/length is a meter