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# What is the difference between a speed vs time graph and a distance vs time graph?

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Q: What is the difference between a speed vs time graph and a distance vs time graph?
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### How do you do you average speed on a graph?

Assuming it's a graph of speed vs time, then between 2 times, the average is the distance (= area under the graph between those times) divided by the time difference.

### How do you find average speed on a graph?

Assuming it's a graph of speed vs time, then between 2 times, the average is the distance (= area under the graph between those times) divided by the time difference.

### What is the difference between a speed time and a velocity time graph?

speed does not indicate direction, so there is no negative on the graph.

### What is the significance of the slope on a distance vs time graph?

The gradient of that line will be the speed of the object, because the gradient is the difference in y over the difference in x, while the speed is the difference in distance over the difference in time.

### What is the difference between speed and distance?

speed is how fast you go. distance is how far you go.

### How does the slope from the distance vs time graph compare to the average speed?

The slope of the line between two points on the distance/time graph is the same as the average speed during the time interval between those points.

### How can you get speed and distance covered by a body from distance time graph?

Distance you read off directly from the graph. Speed is the rate of increase of distance, so it is the slope (gradient) of the graph.

### How is a distance- time graph different than a speed time graph?

The variable plotted along the vertical axis is the distance in the first case, speed in the second. The gradient of (the tangent to) the distance-time graph is the speed while the area under the curve of the speed-time graph is the distance.

### How can you calculate the speed in a distance time graph?

speed is the gradient under the distance vs time graph which is change in distance /change in time

### Why area below the distance-time graph is used to calculate speed?

That's not correct. If you have a graph of distance as a function of time, the speed is the slope of the graph.

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### What is a time distance graph?

A distance vs time squared graph shows shows the relationship between distance and time during an acceleration. An example of an acceleration value would be 3.4 m/s^2. The time is always squared in acceleration therefore the graph can show the rate of which an object is moving