An object travels North at #6# #ms^-1# for #2# #s# and then travels South at #3# #ms^-1# for #4# #s#. What are the object's average speed and velocity?

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Jun 23, 2016

Answer:

The total distance traveled, if direction is not important, is #24# #m# in #6# #s#, for an average speed of #4# #ms^-1#.

The total displacement of the object from its starting point, after traveling North #12# #m# and South #12# #m#, is #0# #m# in #6# #s#, for an average velocity of #0# #ms^-1#.

Explanation:

Distance traveled North: #v=d/t#, rearranged, #d=vt=6*2=12# #m#

Distance traveled South: #d=vt=3*4=12# #m#