Lesson Plan: Position, Displacement, and Distance Mathematics

This lesson plan includes the objectives, prerequisites, and exclusions of the lesson teaching students how to differentiate between position, displacement, and distance traveled, including problems that use vector notation.


Students will be able to

  • distinguish between distance traveled and displacement,
  • solve word problems involving the distance traveled and/or the displacement of a body,
  • find the distance covered and/or the displacement of a body from a given position vector.


Students should already be familiar with

  • position vectors,
  • trigonometry.


Students will not cover

  • velocity,
  • acceleration.

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