The answer is yes, displacement can be negative. It sounds strange at first but it’s true. We will learn more about the physics of displacement by reading this blog post. The first sentence of a paragraph. A displacement is the distance an object has been moved from one position to another. It can be positive or negative, which means that the direction of movement matters when calculating its value.
For example, in this case we have a car moving ten meters forward and then twenty meters backward: The total displacement would be thirty-one meters (positive), but if it had instead done two separate moves – five metres forward followed by fifteen metres backwards – the total displacement would still be thirty-one meters but measured as minus-fourteen (negative). This may seem strange because you might expect both cases to give zero for their final answer; however there are situations where this makes sense. Moving onto our next topic