# Question #640ff

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**Displacement** is a **vector** quantity whereas **distance** is a **scalar** quantity.

So imagine you run a standard 26-ish mile marathon, along **any** path you care for, but where the start and finishing line are the same.

If you complete the race, you have travelled a **distance** of 26 miles but have undergone a **displacement** of zero. Because you are back to where you started.

In that sense, getting back to your question, the number line is a bit like a vector quantity.

Imagine you are standing on a number line that runs East- West, and you have as the Origin where you are right now.

If you run 1 metre due West and then stop, your displacement is

In either case you have covered a distance of