Why dose v = d/t ?

1. Aug 6, 2013

Why dose v = d/t ?

2. Aug 6, 2013

Staff: Mentor

Did you have some specific problem in mind?

Average speed, by definition, equals distance/time.

3. Aug 6, 2013

so, it could be also: v = d*t ?

4. Aug 6, 2013

Staff: Mentor

No. Those are not equivalent at all.

Think how speed would be measured: meters per second, m/s, for example.

5. Aug 6, 2013

why did you replace per with / ... ?

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6. Aug 6, 2013

Staff: Mentor

That's what it means. I just translated everyday language into the more precise mathematical language.

If your speed is 60 miles per hour, you can write that as 60 miles/hour.

7. Aug 6, 2013