# Average Velocity and Average Speed of Integral

1. Sep 26, 2011

### Ocasta

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
An object moves with velocity v(t) = −t2 +1 feet per second between t = 0 and t = 2. Find the average velocity and the average speed of the object between t = 0 and t = 2

2. Relevant equations

$\frac{1}{b-a} \int_a^b f'(x) dx$

avg value of a function

3. The attempt at a solution
$\frac{1}{2-0} \int_0^2 [-t^2 + 1] dt$

$\frac{1}{2} [- \frac{t^3}{3} + t]_0^2$

$\frac{1}{2} [- \frac{8}{3} + \frac{6}{3}]$

$\frac{1}{2} [- \frac{2}{3}]$

$[- \frac{1}{3}]$

So I've got the average velocity down, but I don't see how they want me to come up with the average speed. I know that speed and velocity are similar, but speed has no direction.

The book (http://www.whitman.edu/mathematics/multivariable/" [Broken]) Instructed me to evaluate the integral without the averaging $\frac{1}{b-a}$, but I ended up with:

$- \frac{2}{3}$

But according to the solutions manual, the answer is 1

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2. Sep 26, 2011

### process91

The Average Speed is
$$\frac{\text{total distance traveled}}{\text{time}}$$,

see this thread for a thorough discussion: