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# A body goes to $10\,km$ north and $20\,km$ east. The displacement from initial point isA. $22.36\,km$B. $2\,km$C. $5\,km$D. $20\,km$

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Displacement = $\sqrt {{{10}^2} + {{20}^2}}$ = $\sqrt {100 + 400} = \sqrt {500}$= 22.36 km
Note:The length of the actual path traversed by an object during motion in a given interval of time is called the distance travelled by the object. On the other hand, the displacement of an object in a given interval of time is defined as the shortest distance between the two positions of the object in a particular direction during that time and is given by the vector drawn from the initial position to its final position. Displacement is a vector quantity and possesses both direction and magnitude. When an object goes along the path $\overrightarrow {AB}$ , the arrowhead at B shows that the object is displaced from A to B. In case the object is displaced from B to A, it is represented by $\overrightarrow {BA}$. It means that the magnitude of $\overrightarrow {AB}$ is the same as that of $\overrightarrow {BA}$ but opposite in direction.