# Calculating Average Speed of a Tapir

• StotleD
In summary, the formula for finding average speed is distance divided by time. An example of finding average speed would be a car traveling 100 miles in 2 hours, resulting in an average speed of 50 miles per hour. Average speed differs from instantaneous speed, as it is calculated by dividing the total distance traveled by the total time taken, while instantaneous speed is the speed at a specific moment in time. Average speed also takes into account changes in speed throughout the entire journey. The units used to measure average speed can vary, but commonly include miles per hour, kilometers per hour, or any other unit of distance divided by time.
StotleD
A wandering tapir trots along at 9 ft/s for 9 minutes, then walks at 6 ft/s for 7 minutes, and finally runs at 27 ft/s for 1 minutes. How do I find the average speed of the tapir ?

I have already added the numerators and denominators then divided by 3

Average speed = total distance traveled divided by the time it took.

Break it into 3 sections,
distance1 = velocity1 * time1, distance2 = ..., distance3 = ...
add those 3 together to get the total distance, then divide by the total time to get the average speed.

## What is the formula for finding average speed?

The formula for average speed is distance divided by time.

## Can you give an example of finding average speed?

Yes, if a car travels 100 miles in 2 hours, its average speed would be 50 miles per hour (100 miles / 2 hours = 50 miles per hour).

## How is average speed different from instantaneous speed?

Average speed is the total distance traveled divided by the total time taken, while instantaneous speed is the speed at a specific moment in time.

## Does average speed take into account changes in speed?

Yes, average speed considers all changes in speed throughout the entire journey.

## What units are used to measure average speed?

Average speed can be measured in miles per hour, kilometers per hour, or any other unit of distance divided by time.

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