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Calculate Average Speed Converting Units

In this worksheet, students will work out simple average speeds when given distance in a fraction of an hour

'Calculate Average Speed Converting Units' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 3

Year:  Year 9 Maths worksheets

Curriculum topic:   Ratio, Proportion and Rates of Change

Curriculum subtopic:   Solve Problems Involving Compound Units

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Worksheet Overview

In this activity, we are working out average speed but the questions may require a change in units.

What does that mean?

Well, let's recap working out speed first!



Speed is a measure of distance in relation to time.

For example, a common one is the speed of a car. It is measured in mph or miles per hour or km/h kilometres per hour.


 a black car



What is the average speed of a car which travels 80 miles in 2 hours?



If the car travels 80 miles in 2 hours, we want to know how far it has travelled in 1 hour for the average speed.

80 ÷ 2 = 40 miles in 1 hour

Therefore, the average speed is 40 mph.


Let's say that instead of giving us the distance in hours it was given in minutes!


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Calculate the average speed a a car which travels 25 miles in 30 mins.



In the previous question, we were given 2 hours, so we divided the distance by 2.

This time, the car covers 25 miles in 30 mins so to get this to 1 hour we have to multiply by 2 (because there are 2 x 30 mins in 1 hour).


25 miles x 2 = 50 miles in 1 hour

Average speed = 50 mph


a red car


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