# Displacement and velocity as vectors (v=s/t)

I can represent and calculate the velocity of moving objects.

# Displacement and velocity as vectors (v=s/t)

I can represent and calculate the velocity of moving objects.

## Slide deck

## Lesson details

### Key learning points

- The velocity of an object is its speed in a given direction.
- The displacement of an object is the distance it travels in a particular direction.
- Displacement and velocity are both vector quantities.
- Velocity has a positive value in one direction and negative value in the opposite direction.

### Common misconception

Pupils often have a tendency to believe that a velocity must have a positive value and have difficulty in associating a reverse in direction with a change in sign.

It is important to make sure pupils are secure in their knowledge of the vector–scalar distinction; use plenty of visual examples.

### Keywords

Displacement - The displacement of an object is the distance travelled in a particular direction from a starting point.

Vector - A vector is a quantity with magnitude (size) and direction. Displacement and velocity are both vector quantities.

Velocity - The velocity of an object is its speed in a particular direction.

### Licence

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## Worksheet

## Starter quiz

### 6 Questions

## Exit quiz

### 6 Questions

the distance travelled in a straight line from a starting point

a quantity with a magnitude (size) and a direction

a quantity with a magnitude (size) but not a direction

the speed of an object in a particular direction