Unit 18 Section 1 : Speed
In this section we introduce the idea of speed, considering both instantaneous speed and average speed.
The speed at any particular time is called the instantaneous speed.
The following table lists units in common use for speed and their abbreviations:
Example QuestionsExample Question 1
Judith drives from Plymouth to Southampton, a distance of 160 miles, in 4 hours.
She then drives from Southampton to London, a distance of 90 miles, in 1 hour and 30 minutes.
Determine her average speed for each journey.
For the Plymouth to Southampton journey, we divide 160 miles by 4 hours.
For the Southampton to London journey, we divide 90 miles by 1.5 hours.
Example Question 2
(a) Calculate his average typing speed in words per minute.
(b) Calculate his average typing speed in words per hour.
Practice QuestionWork out the answer to these questions then click on the button marked to see whether you are correct.
A marathon runner completed 24 miles in 4 hours.
ExercisesWork out the answers to the questions below and fill in the boxes. Click on the button to find out whether you have answered correctly. If you are right then will appear and you should move on to the next question. If appears then your answer is wrong. Click on to clear your original answer and have another go. If you can't work out the right answer then click on to see the answer.
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