How to Calculate Average Speed?

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First, we must differentiate the following two concepts to avoid confusion:

  • Average speed
  • Average velocity

Apparently, this is the same term, but in practice, it is not. Average speed asks you to know what is the general-classical average of the speed at which several drivers were traveling:

Example:

  • Iv谩n traveled at 70 70 km/h.
  • Samuel at 80 80 km/h.
  • Roberto at 120 120 km/h

The average speed of all drivers by adding the speeds and dividing by 3=90 3 = 90 km/h.

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A man drove for two hours at a speed of 78 km/h, stopped to refresh himself for fifteen minutes, and continued for another hour and a half at a speed of 85 km/h.

What is the average speed?

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Calculating average speed is done in a completely different way! Even before memorizing the different formulas, it's important that you understand the difference between the two terms. Remember: A lack of understanding of the question can result in the loss of all points on the exam, test, or final.

Calculating Average Speed: How Does It Work?

This type of question, by nature, includes quite a lot of data. Therefore, the first piece of advice for you is to stick to order and organization, and prepare all the data that appears in the question in an orderly table. Before you is a classic question that requires you to calculate the average speed.

Two important things:

  • Placing the data in a table is highly recommended in the exam! (On the quiz or on a draft).
  • Stoppages should also be calculated and noted (a common data point in speed questions).

Example question:

Tatiana went shopping in honor of the last day of school! She was not satisfied with one mall, but several different ones. First, she drove to a mall in Madrid at a speed of about 80 km/h for two hours. After the first place, she felt tired and stopped for a short time of one hour on the side of the road. After the break, she drove at a speed of about 160 km/h to the Salamanca mall for two hours. If so, what is the average speed at which Tatiana traveled?

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The formula to calculate the average speed: the entire distance Tatiana traveled, divided by the total time spent.

160+0+320=480 160+0+320=480

The entire distance must be divided by the total time: 2+2+1=5 2+2+1=5

480:5=96 480:5=96 This is Tatiana's average speed.

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Manuel and Gast贸n decided to enjoy a summer vacation in Barcelona! They left Madrid at 13.00 13.00 hours at a speed of about 75 75 km/h. At 15.00 15.00 hours they took a one-hour break. After that, they continued driving at a speed of about 90 90 km/h and arrived in Barcelona at 19.00 19.00 hours. What is the average speed at which Manuel and Gast贸n traveled?

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And now, let's calculate the average speed at which Manuel and Gast贸n were driving. The formula for such a calculation is to divide the distance by the total time of all the trips they made. 聽

150+0+270=420 150+0+270=420
The distance must be divided by the time 3+1+2=6 3+1+2=6
The calculation: 420:6=70 420:6=70 km/h

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Ramiro and Roberto decided to go to the market to buy furniture for their new home! At 10.00 10.00 they left Pescara at 85 85 km/h, and arrived in Rome at 12.0012.00 . They walked around the market for 3 3 hours and bought a new table, living room set, and buffet! On the way back home, they drove at 50 50 km/h due to traffic jams, and arrived only 3 3 hours later. What is the average speed at which Ramiro and Roberto were driving?聽

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Now, let's calculate the average speed at which Ramiro and Roberto traveled:

170+0+150=320 170+0+150=320
The distance should be divided by the time 2+3+3=8 2+3+3=8
The calculation: 320:8=40 320:8=40 km/h


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So it's true, it's better to be able to find a solution and get all the points on the test. While most students know how to handle success well, dealing with mistakes is a bit more complex. Did you make a mistake in solving the question? No problem! Mistakes can be basic calculation errors, but also errors that stem from a lack of understanding of the question. Mistakes are an integral part of your learning and development process! As long as you know how to recognize your mistakes, learn from them, and grow through them, you're on the right track.

Important: The way to learn from mistakes is to understand what the mistakes are. A private math tutor will be able to diagnose the "problems" you fall into, offer you ways to deal with them, and help you turn the mistake into an opportunity for development, growth, and assimilation of the material.

Additional tips for solving average speed problems:

  • Break down the question into factors: times, distances, and speed
  • Change the "structure" to a story that is easier for you to understand
  • Draw the road data on a draft sheet

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The most important formula? Practice!

These questions mostly require comprehension, so it's important to practice the formula as much as possible. These are not complex questions, and as long as you understand what is being asked, they are almost giveaway questions. Depending on the curriculum level, the questions become more complex and involve a greater number of unknowns.


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These questions, which require the calculation of average velocity, are initially perceived as almost threatening. Compared to the calculation of average speed, these are more challenging questions, but not impossible. Even as part of a private lesson, you can focus on solving problems. What are the important emphases for problem-solving?

  • Read the problem about 3 3 times (yes, even within a time limit on the test).
  • Highlight the question's data with a marker.
  • In summary: What are you being asked to do?

Firstly, solving a problem of this type will take you between a quarter of an hour and about 20 20 minutes. The more you practice, the shorter the times will become, which can give you a significant advantage in exams. You can study your private lesson at the teacher's house or in your own home, but also in an online lesson that will save you a lot of time!


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Average Speed Exercises

Exercise 1

Assignment

The truck driven by Javier completes its route in two parts.

In the first part, its speed is 82 82 km/h and it travels for 4 4 hours.

After this part, Javier takes a break at a gas station for 20 20 minutes.

In the second part, Javier travels at a speed of 70 70 km/h for 3 3 hours.

What is his average speed?

Solution:

The average speed is equal to the total distance divided by the total time

part2+part1=Thetotalroute part~2+part~1=The~total~route

We calculate part 11

Speed of part 11 multiplied by time of part 11 is equal to

824=328 82\cdot4=328

We calculate part 22

Speed of part 22 multiplied by time of part 22 is equal to

703=210 70\cdot3=210

Total time = Time of part 1+1+ break time ++ time of part 22

We calculate the total time

4+13+3=713 4+\frac{1}{3}+3=7\frac{1}{3}

We calculate the total distance traveled

328+210=538 328+210=538

The average speed is

538713=73.36 \frac{538}{7\frac{1}{3}}=73.36

Answer

73.36 73.36


Exercise 2

A jaguar begins to stalk a deer at 66 in the morning, after X X minutes it starts to run after her at a speed of 70 70 km/h for 8 8 minutes.

The deer begins to accelerate and so does the jaguar for another 4 4 minutes of the chase until he catches up with her.

The average speed of the jaguar from the start of the stalk to the capture is 8080 km/h.

Express using X X his speed in the last 4 4 minutes.

Solution

X X plus 8 8 plus 4 4 minutes =

X X plus 12 12 divided by 60 60 minutes =

Replace in the formula:

80=913+V115x+1260 80=\frac{9\frac{1}{3}+\frac{V_1}{15}}{\frac{x+12}{60}}

Multiplied by: x+1260 \frac{x+12}{60}

8060(x+12)=913+V215 \frac{80}{60}\left(x+12\right)=9\frac{1}{3}+\frac{V_2}{15}

43x+16=913+V215 \frac{4}{3}x+16=9\frac{1}{3}+\frac{V_2}{15}

Subtract 913 -9\frac{1}{3}

43x+623=V215 \frac{4}{3}x+6\frac{2}{3}=\frac{V_2}{15}

Multiplied by 15 15

V2=20x+100 V_2=20x+100

Answer

100+20x 100+20x km/h


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Exercise 3

Assignment

Gast贸n follows the path in the figure

ABC A\xrightarrow{}B\xrightarrow{}C

The average speed is 2.1 2.1 km/h

What is the speed between C C and A A ?

Solution

Right triangle ABC ABC

Pythagorean theorem

AB2+BC2=AC2 AB^2+BC^2=AC^2

52+42=AC2 5^2+4^2=AC^2

25+16=AC2 25+16=AC^2

We extract the square root

AC=25+16 AC=\sqrt{25+16}

AC=41 AC=\sqrt{41}

Xtot=AB+BC+CA= X_{tot}=AB+BC+CA=

5+4+41=9+41 5+4+\sqrt{41}=9+\sqrt{41}

ttot=tAB+tBC+tCA= t_{tot}=t_{AB}+t_{BC}+t_{CA}=

2+XBCVBC+XACVAC= 2+\frac{X_{BC}}{V_{BC}}+\frac{X_{AC}}{V_{AC}}=

2+43+41VAC= 2+\frac{4}{3}+\frac{\sqrt{41}}{V_{AC}}=

313+41 3\frac{1}{3}+\sqrt{41}

313+41VAC 3\frac{1}{3}+\frac{\sqrt{41}}{V_{AC}}

Replace in the formula:

2.1=9+41313+VAC 2.1=\frac{9+\sqrt{41}}{3\frac{1}{3}+V_{AC}}

313+41VAC=9+412.1=7.335 3\frac{1}{3}+\frac{\sqrt{41}}{V_{AC}}=\frac{9+\sqrt{41}}{2.1}=7.335

We subtract 313 3\frac{1}{3}

41VAC=4.001 \frac{\sqrt{41}}{V_{AC}}=4.001

We multiply by: VAC,4.001 V_{AC},4.001

VAC=414.001=1.6kmhr V_{AC}=\frac{\sqrt{41}}{4.001}=1.6\frac{km}{hr}

Answer

1.6 1.6 km/h


Exercise 4

Gerardo returns from school to his home.

On the way home, Gerardo passed by an ice cream shop.

The time it took him to go to the shop was 17 17 minutes and he covered a distance of 1700 1700 meters.

The time it took him to get home from the shop is 20 20 minutes and he covered a distance of 3000 3000 meters.

The average speed was 1.567 1.567 meters per second.

How much time did he spend at the ice cream shop?

Solution

(distance in meters, times are in minutes, so units must be converted)

V=1.567msec=1.567m160min=94mmin \overline{V}=1.567\frac{m}{\sec}=1.567\frac{m}{\frac{1}{60}\min}=94\frac{m}{\min}

94=470037+t 94=\frac{4700}{37+t}

(t=shops)

(37+t)94=4700 \left(37+t\right)94=4700

3794+94t=4700 37\cdot94+94\cdot t=4700

3478+94t=4700 3478+94\cdot t=4700

We subtract 3478 3478

94t=1222 94\cdot t=1222

We divide by 94 94

t=122294=13min t=\frac{1222}{94}=13\min

Answer

13min 13\min


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Exercise 5

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Assignment

Sergio follows a circular path with a diameter of 750 750 meters, 7 7 times.

The first two times the total time for the journey is 10 10 minutes and a half

In the next three laps his speed is 9 9 km/h

In the last two laps, the complete lap takes 12 12 minutes

What is the average speed?

Solution

72r=72diameter2 7\cdot2\pi\cdot r=7\cdot2\pi\cdot\frac{diameter}{2}

727502= 7\cdot2\pi\cdot\frac{750}{2}=

We simplify by: 2 2

73.14750=16485m=16.485km 7\cdot3.14\cdot750=16485m=16.485\operatorname{km}

ttot=t1+t2+t3+t4+t5+t6+t7 t_{tot}=t_1+t_2+t_3+t_4+t_5+t_6+t_7

t1+t2=10.5min=10.560=0.175hr t_1+t_2=10.5\min=\frac{10.5}{60}=0.175hr

t6+t7=12min=1260=15=0.2hr t_6+t_7=12\min=\frac{12}{60}=\frac{1}{5}=0.2hr

t3=t4=t5= t_3=t_4=t_5=

2r10009= \frac{\frac{2\pi\cdot r}{1000}}{9}=

23.14750210009 \frac{\frac{2\cdot3.14\cdot\frac{750}{2}}{1000}}{9}

We simplify by: 2 2

20.175+30.262+20.2=1.536hr 2\cdot0.175+3\cdot0.262+2\cdot0.2=1.536hr

Answer

10.732kmh 10.732\frac{\operatorname{km}}{h}


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Exercise 6

Assignment

In a relay race, three runners run one after another on a track that is 450 450 meters long.

The first finished in 1.5 1.5 minutes

The second finished in 1.35 1.35 minutes

The third finished in 1.42 1.42 minutes

What is the average speed of the entire team?

Solution

Xtotal=3450=1350m X_{total}=3\cdot450=1350m

ttot=1.5+1.35+1.42=4.27min t_{tot}=1.5+1.35+1.42=4.27\min

V=13504.27=316mmin=316m60sec=5.3msec \overline{V}=\frac{1350}{4.27}=316\frac{m}{\min}=316\frac{m}{60\sec}=5.3\frac{m}{\sec}

Answer

5.3 5.3 meters per second


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What is average speed?

As the name suggests, it is the average of the speeds that an object travels, calculated by dividing the total displacement by the total time taken for the journey.

Example.

Julian travels from one city to another in two stages. In the first stage, he travels at a speed of 110kmh 110\frac{\operatorname{km}}{h} for 2 hours. Then he stops to eat for an hour, and in the second stage, he travels at a speed of 80kmh 80\frac{\operatorname{km}}{h} for 33 hours. Calculate the average speed Julian had on the trip.

Solution:

In the first stage, he travels at a speed of 110kmh 110\frac{\operatorname{km}}{h} for two hours, so the distance covered is:

2h110kmh=220km 2h\times110\frac{\operatorname{km}}{h}=220\operatorname{km}

In the second stage, he travels at a speed of 80kmh 80\frac{\operatorname{km}}{h} for 33 hours. So:

3h80kmh=240km 3h\times80\frac{\operatorname{km}}{h}=240\operatorname{km}

With this, the total distance covered is:

220km+240km=460km 220\operatorname{km}+240\operatorname{km}=460\operatorname{km}

Now let's add up the travel time:

t1+tmeal+t3=2h+1h+3h=6h t_1+t_{meal}+t_3=2h+1h+3h=6h

Now we calculate the average speed

460km6h=76.7kmh \frac{460\operatorname{km}}{6h}=76.7\frac{\operatorname{km}}{h}

Result

76.7kmh 76.7\frac{\operatorname{km}}{h}


How is average speed written in physics?

The average speed or mean velocity is calculated as the sum of all displacements divided by the sum of all times taken on a journey, mathematically we can express this statement as follows:

Vm=i=1ndisplacementsi=1ntimes V_m=\frac{\sum_{i\mathop{=}1}^n displacements}{\sum_{i\mathop{=}1}^n times}

Where the numerator represents the sum of displacements and the denominator the sum of all times.


How to calculate average speed from a table?

To answer this question, let's look at the following example:

Diana studies the behavior of a particle moving in a straight line, observing that it travels at a speed of 40kmh 40\frac{\operatorname{km}}{h} for one hour. Then it accelerates to a speed of 70kmh 70\frac{\operatorname{km}}{h} for 3 hours and finally travels at a speed of 110kmh 110\frac{\operatorname{km}}{h} for 5 hours. What is the particle's average speed?

Let's record these speeds and times in the following table:

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So we can calculate the average speed with the table:

Total Displacement

40km+210km+550km=800km 40\operatorname{km}+210\operatorname{km}+550\operatorname{km}=800\operatorname{km}

Total Time

t1+t2+t3=1h+3h+5h=9h t_1+t_2+t_3=1h+3h+5h=9h

Therefore, the average speed is as follows:

Vm=800km9h=88.9kmh V_m=\frac{800\operatorname{km}}{9h}=88.9\frac{\operatorname{km}}{h}

Result

88.9kmh 88.9\frac{\operatorname{km}}{h}


What is instantaneous speed?

Instantaneous speed is the speed of an object at a specific time, this time interval is very small, meaning the time to perform this movement is extremely short (in a brief instant).


What is the difference between instantaneous speed and average speed?

As already mentioned, instantaneous speed occurs in a brief instant, in a very small amount of time, while average speed is the average of speeds that an object has over some time intervals (it is the quotient of the sum of the displacements over the sum of all the times of the movement), this interval can be much larger compared to instantaneous speed.


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