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A vehicle travels 80km at 100km/h, and 50 km at 75 km/h. What is the average speed of the vehicle?

I looked at the formula for average acceleration
( av. A = v2 - v1 / t2 - t1) ...However, the questions asks for the average "speed" of the vehicle.

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Hello Tavis,

The average speed is calculated from the total distance traveled divided by the total time spent.

So you need to determine the time that elapsed in the 2 parts of the trip. Use the basic speed formula,
speed = distance/time,
and use your algebra skills to convert it to a form that gives you time on the left side of the equal sign with distance and speed on the right side.

Then calculate the elapsed time in the 2 parts of the trip. Add the 2 distances and the 2 times and plug them into the average speed formula on the first line above.

I hope this helps,
Steve

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I would be delighted to help with questions up through the first year of college Physics. Particularly Electricity, Electronics and Newtonian Mechanics (motion, acceleration etc.). I decline questions on relativity and Atomic Physics. I also could discuss the Space Shuttle and space flight in general.

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