Mechanics

# Difference Between Speed and Velocity with Examples

Speed and velocity are terms in motion. These are two different physical quantities. Speed is the distance covered by a body in unit time. It is a scalar quantity. While velocity is the displacement covered by a body in unit time. It is a vector quantity.

## Difference between speed and velocity

Speed | Velocity |

Speed is the distance covered by a body in unit time. | Velocity is the displacement covered by a body in a unit time. |

It is a scalar quantity. | It is a vector quantity. |

It Determines “How fast an object is moving”? | It determines “In which direction an object is moving”? |

It indicates the rapidity of objects. | It indicates both the rapidity and position of the object. |

It is the rate of change of distance. | It is a rate of change of displacement. |

It cannot be negative. | The velocity of moving Objects can be negative, positive or can be zero. |

## Speed Vs Velocity

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