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Homework Help: Average Velocity vs. Delta Velocity

  1. Oct 4, 2009 #1
    Whats the difference between average velocity and delta velocity? I understand the formulas (ie. Vave = delta displacement/delta time) but I dont understand why you would use one over the other and what the difference is. Thanks for the help.
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  3. Oct 4, 2009 #2
    Do you mean what is the difference between average and instantaneous velocity?
  4. Oct 4, 2009 #3
    They are the same thing.
  5. Oct 4, 2009 #4


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    Usually a "delta velocity" is used to denote change in velocity, not average velocity. It's how much the velocity has changed over a given time interval. Just like delta displacement is how much you've moved over a given time interval.
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