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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 3; 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
After how many seconds did the car reach a speed of 30ms-1? s
After how many seconds did the car start travelling at a constant speed? s

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 30 miles per hour and the green jet ski enters the race zone travelling at 40 miles per hour.

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

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

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


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.

Calculate the acceleration of the train in the first 40 seconds. Give your answer in ms-2.

How far did the train travel between 40 seconds and 80 seconds? Give your answer in metres.

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


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


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Rachel, VN

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

Exam Style Questions - A collection of problems in the style of GCSE or IB/A-level exam paper questions (worked solutions are available for Transum subscribers).

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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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