# A car travels 60 miles in 50 minutes. What is the average speed of the car in mph?

Jul 20, 2015

Average speed: 72 mph

#### Explanation:

To get the car's average speed, all you really need to know is

• the total distance travelled by the car
• the total time it needed to cover that distance

In your case, you know that the car travelled for a total of 60 miles and that it needed 50 minutes to do so.

Since you need to express the average speed in miles per hour, not miles per minute, you're going to have to use a simple conversion factor to get you from minutes to hours.

First, calculate the average speed in miles per minute

${v}_{\text{avg" = d_"total"/t_"total}}$

${v}_{\text{avg" = "60 miles"/"50 minutes" = "1.2 mi/min}}$

Now convert this value to miles per hour

"1.2 miles"/(1cancel("minute")) * (60cancel("minutes"))/("1 hour") = color(green)("72 mph")