# Question #7477b

##### 1 Answer

Here's why that is the case.

#### Explanation:

In simple terms, **displacement** is the *shortest distance* between the **start point** and the **finish point**.

As you know, the *shortest distance* between two points is a straight line that connects the two points.

This means that in order to find an object's displacement, you need to examine its initial position and its final position and calculate the distance between those two points.

This implies that displacement is **independent** of the **path** taken by the object between its initial position and its final position because the shortest distance between any two points is **always** a straight line.

Now, when you move in a circle, or in any path for which the start point is **the same** as the finish point, your displacement will be **zero**.

If the initial and final positions *coincide*, the displacement is equal to **zero** because the shortest distance between a point and itself is always **zero**.