# Can displacement be negative?

Displacement is the direct length between any two points when measured along the minimum path between them. Displacement is a vector quantity as it depends upon both magnitude and direction.

## Definition

Displacement is defined as the change in position of an object. It is a vector quantity and has a direction and magnitude. It is represented as an arrow that points from the starting position to the final position. For example- If an object moves from A position to B, then the object’s position changes. This change in position of an object is known as Displacement.

### Displacement- Positive or Negative?

Displacement can be positive, negative, and even zero.

### Features

Listed below are few features of displacement

• Formula: Velocity × Time
• It is denoted by the symbol s
• Displacement refers to the shortest path, it does not give complete information on the route
• Displacement is always indicated with an arrow
• Displacement can only be measured along a straight path
• Displacement does not depend upon the path and it only depends upon the initial and final position of the body