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

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Jul 20, 2015

#### Answer:

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*

Now convert this value to *miles per hour*