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Lesson Plan: Displacement Science

This lesson plan includes the objectives, prerequisites, and exclusions of the lesson teaching students how to distinguish the distance that an object moves between two points from the displacement of the object between those points.


Students will be able to

  • know that the displacement of an object is the straight-line distance from a point to another point,
  • know that distance is a scalar quantity and that displacement is a vector quantity.


Students should already be familiar with

  • the fact that distance does not in general mean distance moved from a point,
  • the difference between scalars and vectors.


Students will not cover

  • negative displacement,
  • velocity.

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