A car travels 90 meters north in 15 seconds. Then turns around and travels at 40 meters south in 5.0 seconds. what is the average velocity during this 20 second
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A car travels 90 meters north in 15 seconds. Then turns around and travels at 40 meters south in 5.0 seconds. what is the average velocity during this 20 second interval
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1. User Answers AL2006
Average velocity = (displacement) / (total time)
Displacement = distance and direction between
the starting point and the end point
The car travels 90 meters north, then 40 meters south.
So it ends up 50 meters north of where it began.
Displacement = 50 meters north
Total time = (15 + 5) = 20 seconds
Average velocity = (50 meters north) / (20 seconds)
= 2.5 m/s north