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Basically, yes. However, that's a very restricted technical (and not very important) usage. In common usage, both terms are approximately equivalent. Also, "rapidez" is often used to mean "high velocity" or "high rate".


Despite they are both different things, being one a vector and the other one a scalar, you get to find a lot of people saying velocidad or rapidez for the same thing. Clearly they are both different, but spanish speakers normally work with those having not much distinction on them.

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