Chapter-2 Q024 - Physics For Engineers And Scientists - Solutions ON7AMI Amateur Radio, Meteology and Astronomy website. JO10UX # Question 24 - Problems - Chapter 2¶

## Problem:¶

You make a 100-km trip in an automobile, traveling the first 50 km at 60 km/h and the second 50 km at 80 km/h.

## Question:¶

What is your average speed for this trip?

Explain why the average speed is not 70 km/h.

## Solution:¶

The 100 km trip $s$ consists of two parts of 50 km each

Speed of the first half is $v_1 = 60$ km/h

Speed of the second half is $v_2 = 80$ km/h

Time to travel the first part is

$$t_1 = \frac{\frac{s}{2}}{v_1}$$

Time to travel the second part is

$$t_1 = \frac{\frac{s}{2}}{v_2}$$

The average speed

$$v = \frac{s}{t_1 + t_2}$$

In :
s = 100
v_1 = 60
v_2 = 80
t_1 = (100/2)/v_1
t_2 = (100/2)/v_2
v = s / (t_1 + t_2)
print(f'The average speed is {v:.1f} km/h')

The average speed is 68.6 km/h


The average speed is not 70 km/h although the distances are equal, $t_1$ $<>$ $t_2$

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