Distance and displacement - (wadebridge)

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Instructions for ruler ex


Exam Q Ans



Distance displacement

DIstance displacement



Distance and displacement - (wadebridge)

Practical : 9 x

  • 1x Live stock - woodlice - (stored in dish in tray)
  • 1x A3 paper cut to fit into trays
  • 1x tray

Livestock are timed running about in tray. Students draw position on paper every 10 seconds.

Finale they work out distance and displacement of the bugs.


None - give warning about livestock Distance and displacement


  1. Distance is how far an object moves. Distance does not involve direction. Distance is a scalar quantity.
  2. Displacement includes both the distance an object moves, measured in a straight line from the start point to the finish point and the direction of that straight line. Displacement is a vector quantity.
  3. Students should be able to express a displacement in terms of both the magnitude and direction.

MS 1a Recognise and use expressions in decimal form

MS 3c Substitute numerical values into algebraic equations using appropriate units for physical quantities