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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
How many minutes did the pupil have to wait at the traffic lights? min
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.

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
What speed did the delivery van travel on the outward-leg of the journey? km/h
What speed did the delivery van travel on the return journey? km/h

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
How many hours after the train left London did it stop? h
At what speed did the Edinburgh bound train travel when it first left London before it stopped?

Consider the London bound train's complete journey. What was it's average speed from Edinburgh to London? mph

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


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"I used this with my bottom set in year 9. To engage them I used their name and favorite football team (or pop group) instead of the school name. For homework, I asked each student to find a definition for the key words they had been given (once they had fun trying to guess the answer) and they presented their findings to the rest of the class the following day. They felt really special because the key words came from their own personal information."

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"What a brilliant website. We have just started to use the 'starter-of-the-day' in our yr9 lessons to try them out before we change from a high school to a secondary school in September. This is one of the best resources on-line we have found. The kids and staff love it. Well done an thank you very much for making my maths lessons more interesting and fun."

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Tuesday, November 2, 2021

"Hi, I was looking at this to with a KS3 science class, but the vertical axes in the level 3 questions seem to be unlabeled?

[Transum: Thank you so much for letting me know Rachel. I now realise now that after adding a new activity as level 2 I hadn’t ported the current Level 3 activity completely. The problem has now been fixed and I hope your KS3 Science class enjoy working through the levels.]"

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Description of Levels


Level 1 - Reading information from distance-time graphs

Level 2 - Matching distance-time graphs with their descriptions

Level 3 - Reading information from speed-time graphs

Level 4 - Draw a travel graph from the given description

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Distance-Time Graphs

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

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