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## Main Question or Discussion Point

Heres the problem:

"A car travels at a constant speed of 60kph for 30km, 40kph for another 30km and 50kph for the final 30km. What is the average speed of the car."

I know that in this case I can just add the velocities and divide by 3 since the displacements are equal and get

Theres a pattern there I've tried this with various problems and I always a little less than the right answer. Whats going on here?

"A car travels at a constant speed of 60kph for 30km, 40kph for another 30km and 50kph for the final 30km. What is the average speed of the car."

I know that in this case I can just add the velocities and divide by 3 since the displacements are equal and get

**50**kph as the average speed but when I tried to do it the long way I didn't get the same answer. First I calculated the total time elapsed like this d1/v1 + d2/v2 + d3/v3 and got t = 1.85h. Then to get the average speed I divided the total displacement by time (90/1.85) and got**48.65**kph.Theres a pattern there I've tried this with various problems and I always a little less than the right answer. Whats going on here?