Instantaneous Speed: Definition, Formula & Example


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What is instantaneous speed?

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1. A car travels 200 kilometers in 4 hours. However, the car is stopped in heavy traffic on the highway and doesn't move at all for half an hour. How is the instantaneous speed while stopped in heavy traffic different from the average speed of the trip?

2. A photo camera captures a race car driving over 10 meters in 0.1 seconds. What is the driver's instantaneous speed in this time frame?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Instantaneous speed is an important measurement, which you can test your proficiency with in this worksheet and interactive quiz. Practice questions will quiz students on the formula, definition and calculation of average speed.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In this quiz, you will be tested on:

  • Definition of instantaneous speed
  • Instantaneous vs. average speed
  • Formula for instantaneous speed
  • Solving for instantaneous speed

Skills Practiced

You can utilize your ability in these areas:

  • Problem solving - use acquired knowledge to solve for instantaneous speed in practice problems
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast topics from the lesson, such as average and instantaneous speed
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as instantaneous speed
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the formula for instantaneous speed

Additional Learning

Check out the conjunctive lesson on this topic named Instantaneous Speed: Definition, Formula & Examples for more info. Objectives covered in this lesson include:

  • Define speed and understand how it is measured
  • Apply concepts explored in this lesson to real life situations, such as air travel
  • Solve for average and instantaneous speed through practice problems in the lesson