Lesson Plan: Distance and Displacement Physics

This lesson plan includes the objectives, prerequisites, and exclusions of the lesson teaching students how to define distance as the length of a path between two positions and define displacement as the straight line distance between two positions.


Students will be able to

  • recognize that distance is not directional,
  • recognize that distance can only be positive valued,
  • recognize that displacement has a specific direction,
  • recognize that displacement can be positive or negative valued,
  • recognize that the magnitude of the displacement of a point from another is the straight-line distance between the points.


Students should already be familiar with

  • magnitude.


Students will not cover

  • any rate of motion.

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