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Read Each Statement Below Carefully and State with Reasons, If It is True Or False: The Total Path Length is Always Equal to the Magnitude of the Displacement Vector of a Particle. - Physics

Read each statement below carefully and state with reasons, if it is true or false:

 the total path length is always equal to the magnitude of the displacement vector of a particle. 

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Solution 1


Total path length is a scalar quantity, whereas displacement is a vector quantity. Hence, the total path length is always greater than the magnitude of displacement. It becomes equal to the magnitude of displacement only when a particle is moving in a straight line.

Solution 2

False, total path length can also be more than the magnitude of displacement vector of a particle.

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NCERT Class 11 Physics Textbook
Chapter 4 Motion in a Plane
Q 5.3 | Page 85
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