Hi, I am working on some acceleration, velocity, and position problems and I wanted to know the difference between distance and total distance. Any guidance would be helpful.
The way I got tought it is the following.
Say a particle moves from the starting point upwards to a point 10 metres above the ground, then falls back to the starting position.
The total distance the particle has moved is of course 20 metres, but the displacement (distance moved from starting point) is 0.
Sorry if this is not what you meant
Consider a particle that moves 4 units right and then 4 units left. Displacement = 0 units, distance = 8 units ....
The difference between displacement and total distance (from which all other differences come from) is that displacement is a vector and distance is a scalar.