What does Quantitative and Qualitative mean?

In the Alberta program of studies a student is often required to define things both quantitatively and qualitatively.


For example, in the Physics 20 program of studies, outcome 20–A1.1k reads:

Students will define, qualitatively and quantitatively, displacement, velocity and acceleration.




Qualitative means describing in words. For example:

Acceleration is the change in velocity over time.



Quantitative means describing in terms of numbers, symbols or math. For example:
$latex vec{a}=frac{Delta d}{Delta t}$

An object will have an acceleration of 1 m/s^2 if it accelerates from rest to 1m/s in 1 second.



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