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Asked by venkatvenki404 | 30 Dec, 2020, 07:41: PM

Yes. An object that has moved through a distance can have zero displacement. Displacement is the shortest distance between the initial and the final position of an object. An object which has covered a distance can have zero displacement if it comes back to its starting point i.e., the initial position.

Consider the following situation. A man is walking along the boundary of a square park of side 20 m (as shown in the following figure). He starts walking from point A and after moving along all the sides of the park (AB, BC, CD, DA), he again comes back to the same point i.e., A.

In this case, the total distance covered by the man is 20 m + 20 m + 20 m + 20 m = 80 m. However, his displacement is zero because the shortest distance between his initial and final position is zero.
Answered by Shiwani Sawant | 04 Jan, 2021, 01:02: PM

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