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Most recent answer: 01/26/2012
What is Speed?
- Anonymous
Great question! Speed is how fast something is going. Another way to think of this is as how far you can go in a certain amount of time. For example, if you’re walking slowly, your speed is probably about 2 miles per hour. This means that in one hour, you’ll be able to move 2 miles. If you’re running quickly, your speed is probably closer to 7 or 8 miles per hour.

If you’ve ever looked at the speedometer of a car, you’ve seen that it measures speed in mph (or kph). MPH is short for miles per hour (and kph is short for kilometers per hour). So if your car says your speed is 50 mph, then you can go 50 miles in one hour if you keep going at that speed.

The word "velocity" means almost the same thing as speed, except that velocity also means which way you’re going. For example, if you’re running in a circle, then your velocity is constantly changing, because your direction is changing. But your speed doesn’t change at all unless you start running faster or slower.


(published on 10/22/2007)

Follow-Up #1: speed riddles

speed=distance/time but my question is that 1. can i change the distance. if distance is fix. 2. can i change the time. if time is fix. i think you have no answer. but i have answer.
- amjad khan (age 32)
Since we don't understand the questions, we have no answers, just as you guessed. You say you have answers. Do you wish to share them?

Mike W.

(published on 01/26/2012)

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