## Distance vs. Displacement

Students roam the hallways in order to demonstrate the difference between distance and displacement.

# Distance *vs.* Displacement

## Directions:

- Obtain a stopwatch and a corridor pass.
- Start from the
**START**line. - Start your timer as you start walking.
- Walk anywhere you want on the 2
^{nd}& 3^{rd}floors, for a maximum of five minutes.*quietly and without disrupting any classes* - Stop your timer when you cross the
**FINISH**line.

## Calculations:

Convert your time to seconds.

Determine the approximate distance you walked:

- The long corridor on the 2
^{nd}and 3^{rd}floor (excluding the cafeteria and field house area) is**135 m**long.
The short corridor outside rooms 200–209 and 300–309 is

**36 m**

- long
- Walking up or down stairs between the 2
^{nd}and 3^{rd}floor is**18 m**(from the hallway on one floor to the same hallway on the floor above or below). - The corridor that runs from the bridge past the cafeteria and field house is
**48 m**long.

The START and FINISH lines are **10 m** apart, so if you followed the instructions correctly your displacement was **10 m**.

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