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Homework Help: Race Car Driver's Average speed

  1. Jun 1, 2012 #1
    A race car driver must average 200.0 km/h over the course of a time trial lasting ten laps. If the first nine laps were done at 198.0 km/h , what average speed must be maintained for the last lap?

    Avg Speed=Distance traveled/Time

    218 km/h, I averaged the first 9 laps at 198 and plugged the speed for the tenth lap in until I got an average speed of 200 km/h
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  3. Jun 1, 2012 #2


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    I don't think the answer is 218 km/h, but it is close to that. You can work out the answer using algebra. The key equation is Avg Speed=Distance traveled/Time (which you have got written down). You need to think how to write out the 'Time' in the denominator.
  4. Jun 1, 2012 #3


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    In order to have an average speed of at least 200 kmph, the driver must complete all 10 laps, with a length lf r km, so a total distance of 10r km, in 10r/200= (1/20)r hrs.

    If he averaged 198 km/hr for the first 9r km then he must have taken 9r/198= r/22 hrs. How much time does he have left for the tenth lap?
  5. Jun 2, 2012 #4
    Okay I got it thanks a lot for the help :)
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