College Physics

1st Edition
Paul Peter Urone + 1 other
Publisher: OpenStax College
ISBN: 9781938168000



College Physics

1st Edition
Paul Peter Urone + 1 other
Publisher: OpenStax College
ISBN: 9781938168000
Chapter 2, Problem 10CQ
Textbook Problem

Does a car's odometer measure position or displacement? Does its speedometer measure speed or velocity?

To determine

Whether the position or displacement is measured by a car’s odometer.

Whether the speedometer of the car measures its speed or velocity.

Explanation of Solution


The position, velocity, and displacement are vector quantities. Speed, distance, distance travelled are scalars quantities.

The odometer of an automobile measures the distance covered by a vehicle or an automobile...

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