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Speed, Distance and Time

In this section we look at calculating distances and
times using the following formulae:

Example Question 1

Jane walks at an average speed of 5 kph on a journey of 15 km.
How long does the journey take?
To find a time, we need to divide distance by speed.
15 kilometers ÷ 5 kph = 3 hours

Example Question 2

Chris cycles at an average speed of 8 mph.
If he cycles for 6½ hours, how far does he travel?
To find a distance, we need to multiply speed by time.
8 mph × 6.5 hours = 52 miles

Example Question 3

Nikki has to travel a total of 35 kilometres. She travels the first 20 Km in 5 hours.
(a) What is her average speed for the first part of the journey?
To find average speed, we need to divide distance by time.
20 kilometres ÷ 5 hours = 4 kph

Her average speed is the same for the whole of her journey.
(b) How long does the whole journey take?
To find time, we need to divide distance by speed.
35 Kilometres ÷ 4 kph = 8.75 hours


Important: Participation Statement

Climbing, hillwalking and mountaineering are activities with a danger of personal injury or death.
Participants in these activities should be aware of and accept these risks and be responsible for their own actions and involvement.

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