Understanding Relative Velocity in Kinematics


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How fast are you moving right now?

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1. An airplane is travelling at 200 miles per hour east, and the wind is pushing back west, moving at 35 miles per hour. What is the velocity of the airplane relative to the ground?

2. You're on a train that's moving at 180 miles per hour and decide to run towards the rear of the train at 8 miles per hour. What is your speed relative to the train?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

We've put together this quiz/worksheet combo to assist you in the process of testing your knowledge of relative velocity in kinematics. Some of the subjects included here are how to calculate velocity and how fast you are moving right now.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Our quiz determines whether you understand:

  • How fast you are moving right now
  • The velocity of an airplane from an example scenario
  • How to calculate speed relative to a train in an example problem
  • Your current relative velocity in the United States compared to the Andromeda Galaxy
  • The definition of motion

Skills Practiced

  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding the velocity of an airplane and interpret it correctly
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson about relative velocity in kinematics
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the definition of motion

Additional Learning

If you'd like to study more about this subject, check out our lesson called Understanding Relative Velocity in Kinematics. After completing this lesson, you should be able to:

  • Detail how fast the Earth moves around the sun
  • Outline the study of kinematics
  • Detail your relative motion to your car seat when traveling down the road at 55 mph