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Avg Velocity and Avg Speed

  1. Sep 27, 2005 #1
    doing this problem 400km East in .75 hrs from a to b and 960 km south in 1.5 hrs from b to c.
    Ang Velocity is /Delta x divided by /delta t correct?
    and avg speed is just adding the distance's and times and diving by the time right?
    Well for the avg velocity for this problem its saying its wrong any help?
     
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  3. Sep 27, 2005 #2

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    Show exactly what you did. To find the average velocity, start by finding the displacement.
     
  4. Sep 27, 2005 #3
    found displacement by using a right-hand coordinate system. and did solved by doing a^2 + b^2 = c^2. got the displacement to be 1040 km for the total trip. (Checked it its right)
    Did velocity avg by 960-400/1.5-.75 = 747 and it says its wrong....
     
  5. Sep 27, 2005 #4

    Doc Al

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    You found the correct displacement, now use it to find the average velocity.
    I have no idea what you are calculating here. What happened to the displacement that you just calculated? That's what you need to use.
     
  6. Sep 27, 2005 #5
    well it said change in x over change in t
    960 and 400 was the two distances, how to apply the displacement? do i subtract from that?!
     
  7. Sep 27, 2005 #6

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    Average velocity is just displacement divided by time. Do it!
     
  8. Sep 27, 2005 #7
    but what does my schaums outline says change in x over change in timee, im confused :(
    is it displacement over change in time or total time?

    also isnt displacement delta x?
     
    Last edited: Sep 27, 2005
  9. Sep 27, 2005 #8

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    Displacement is measured from origin to final position; so is the time. Average velocity = the total displacement divided by the total time. The "change" in time is from 0 to the final time.
     
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