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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 2; Reading information from speed-time graphs.

Racing Car

This speed-time graph shows the speed of a car at various times during a race.

How fast was the car travelling at 10 seconds? ms-1 Correct Wrong
After how many seconds did the car reach a speed of 30ms-1? s Correct Wrong
After how many seconds did the car start travelling at a constant speed? s Correct Wrong

Jet Ski Race

This speed-time graph above shows a race between two jet skis. The purple jet ski enters the race zone travelling at 20 miles per hour and the green jet ski enters the race zone travelling at 30 miles per hour.

After how many seconds were both jet skis travelling at the same speed? Give your answer to the nearest second.

s Correct Wrong
Calculate the purple jet ski's acceleration during the first 10 seconds. Give your answer in miles per hour per second.

mh-1s-1 Correct Wrong
Calculate the green jet ski's acceleration during the first 10 seconds. Give your answer in miles per hour per second.

mh-1s-1 Correct Wrong

Underground Train

This speed-time graph above shows the journey of a commuter train travelling between two stations.

What was the time taken for the journey between the two stations. Give your answer in minutes.

min Correct Wrong
Calculate the acceleration of the train in the first 40 seconds. Give your answer in ms-2 correct to three significant figures.

ms-2 Correct Wrong
How far did the train travel between 40 seconds and 80 seconds? Give your answer in metres.

m Correct Wrong
What was the distance between the two stations? Give your answer in metres.

m Correct Wrong
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This is Travel Graphs level 2. You can also try:
Level 1 Level 3 Level 4

Instructions

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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