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Travel Graphs

Test your understanding of distance-time and speed-time graphs with this self-marking exercise.

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This is level 1; Reading information from distance-time graphs.

Cycling to school

This distance-time graph show the journey a pupil makes by bicycle to school each day. The distance from home to school is eight kilometres and there are traffic lights on the way.

How far are the traffic lights from the pupil's home? km Correct Wrong
How many minutes did the pupil have to wait at the traffic lights? min Correct Wrong
Consider the speed the pupil was cycling before and after the wait at the traffic lights. Which of the following statements is true?

a) The pupil was cycling faster before the traffic lights than after.
b) The pupil was cycling slower before the traffic lights than after.
c) The pupil's speed was the same before and after stopping at the traffic lights.

Type in the single letter a, b or c for your answer.
Correct Wrong

Delivering Bread

This distance-time graph show the journey a bread delivery van makes one day. The van travels from the bakery to a shop and then returns to the bakery.

How far was the shop from the bakery? km Correct Wrong
What speed did the delivery van travel on the outward-leg of the journey? km/h Correct Wrong
What speed did the delivery van travel on the return journey? km/h Correct Wrong

Train Travelling Times

A train sets off from London at 2:30pm and heads towards Edinburgh, 350 miles away. It stops briefly on route. At 2pm another train left Edinburgh heading for London and arriving at 9pm. This distance time graph shows the situation.

At what time did the two trains pass? pm Correct Wrong
How many hours after the train left London did it stop? h Correct Wrong
At what speed did the Edinburgh bound train travel when it first left London before it stopped?

mph Correct Wrong
Consider the London bound train's complete journey. What was it's average speed from Edinburgh to London? mph Correct Wrong
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This is Travel Graphs level 1. You can also try:
Level 2 Level 3 Level 4

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Try your best to answer the questions above. Type your answers into the boxes provided leaving no spaces. As you work through the exercise regularly click the "check" button. If you have any wrong answers, do your best to do corrections but if there is anything you don't understand, please ask your teacher for help.

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Level 1 - Reading information from distance-time graphs

Level 2 - Reading information from speed-time graphs

Level 3 - Draw a travel graph from the given description

Level 4 - Exam-style questions

Distance-Time Graphs

For a basic introduction to distance-time graphs see Helicopter View and Hurdles Race. For more details play the video below.

This video is from the Science Shorts series. The video on speed-time graphs can be found here

Don't wait until you have finished the exercise before you click on the 'Check' button. Click it often as you work through the questions to see if you are answering them correctly.

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