Average Speed? How do I calculate?

In summary, to calculate average speed on a position-time graph, divide the total displacement by the total time. On a velocity-time graph, divide the difference between final and initial velocity by 2. To find the average speed for the entire set of data on a velocity-time graph, calculate the total displacement and divide it by the total time traveled. This can be done by finding the area under the curve and subtracting the area of the triangle below the t axis from the area of the triangle above the t axis.
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Average Speed? How do I calculate??

How do I calculate average speed on a position time graph? Velocity time graph?


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On a position vs time graph, the average velocity is found by dividing the total displacement by the total time. In other words, (position at final point - position at initial point) / (time at final point - time at initial point).

For a velocity vs time graph, you can simply do (Final velocity - initial velocity) / 2.
 
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hunter151 said:
On a position vs time graph, the average velocity is found by dividing the total displacement by the total time. In other words, (position at final point - position at initial point) / (time at final point - time at initial point).

For a velocity vs time graph, you can simply do (Final velocity - initial velocity) / 2.
For the velocity time graph, how do I get the average speed for the entire set of data? It starts at the origin, then goes up to (120,25) for A, and then the final point is F which is (720, -140)
 
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In that case you would have to find the total displacement of the object, and divide that by the time it traveled.

To find the displacement on a V(t) graph, you need to look at the area under the curve. In this case, you would get two triangles, one above and one below the t axis (assuming the lines connecting your points are straight). Subtract the area of the triangle under the t axis from the area of the triangle above the t axis, and divide this by total time traveled. You are subtracting area below from area above because the object is traveling with a negative velocity (backwards) in the region below the t axis.
 

What is average speed?

Average speed is a measure of how fast an object is moving over a certain distance. It is calculated by dividing the total distance traveled by the total time it took to travel that distance.

How do I calculate average speed?

To calculate average speed, you need to know the total distance traveled and the total time it took to travel that distance. You can then divide the distance by the time to get the average speed in units of distance per time (such as miles per hour or kilometers per hour).

What is the difference between average speed and instantaneous speed?

Average speed is a measure of the overall speed of an object over a given distance and time, whereas instantaneous speed is the speed of an object at a specific moment in time. Average speed takes into account the entire distance traveled, while instantaneous speed only reflects the speed at a single point in time.

Can average speed be higher than instantaneous speed?

Yes, it is possible for average speed to be higher than instantaneous speed. This can occur when an object is moving at different speeds throughout its journey. For example, if a car travels at 60 miles per hour for half of its journey and then accelerates to 80 miles per hour for the second half, its average speed will be higher than its instantaneous speed at any given moment.

What factors can affect average speed?

There are several factors that can affect average speed, including the terrain, weather conditions, traffic, and the type of transportation being used. Additionally, any changes in speed during the journey can also impact the average speed.

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