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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 4; Draw a travel graph from the given description. Click on the points at the ends of where the straight line segments of the graphs should be.

Cycling to work

CyclingDraw a distance-time graph show the journey a computer programmer makes by bicycle to work each day. The distance from home to work is eight kilometres and she has to stop to buy breakfast after cycling 2km which she does in 5 minutes.

After waiting at the breakfast shop for 5 minutes she continues cycling to work. The whole journey took 30 minutes and she was cycling at constant speeds though not necessarily the same speed before and after breakfast.

Delivering Milk

Draw a distance-time graph show the journey a milk delivery van makes one day. The van travels from the dairy to a restaurant 17km away and then returns to the dairy.

The outward journey takes 30 minutes and the return journey takes 17 minutes. The van spends ten minutes unloading at the restaurant.

Moped Race

MopedDraw a speed-time graph to show a race between two motor scooters. The purple scooter enters the race track travelling at 40 miles per hour and the green scooter enters the race track travelling at 50 miles per hour.

Both scooters accelerate at a constant rate until they reach their maximum speeds after 10 seconds. The maximum speed of the purple scooter is 80 miles per hour and The maximum speed of the green scooter is 60 miles per hour.

From ten seconds onwards the scooters continue at a constant speed and the race in total lasts only thirteen seconds.

Sky Train

The Sky Train travels on an elevated track above the roads of a busy city. Draw a speed-time graph to show the journey of a Sky Train travelling between two stations.

The train starts and finishes it's journey at rest. The whole journey takes three minutes. The total distance between the stations is 1800 metres.

The train travels with constant acceleration then constant speed then finally its deceleration is constant. The period of constant acceleration lasts for 60 seconds and the period of constant deceleration lasts for 60 seconds.


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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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