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Speed

In this worksheet, students will look at how to determine the speed of an object.

'Speed' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 3

Curriculum topic:  Physics: Motion and Forces

Curriculum subtopic:  Describing Motion

Difficulty level:  

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Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

Speed is the measurement of how far an object travels in a specific time. So, to determine the speed of an object, there are two measurements that are required:

  • The distance that the object has travelled.
  • The time taken to cover this distance. 
  •  

    When these measurements have been taken, then the speed can be calculated using the following equation.


     

    Example One:

     

    A car travelling on a motorway covers a distance of 200 meters in just four seconds. How fast is the car travelling?

    The speed is equal to 200 ÷ 4 = 50 m/s (meters per second)

     

    Example Two:

     

    A motorbike travels a distance of 150 miles in 2.5 hours. What was the bikes average speed?

    The speed is equal to 150 ÷ 2.5 = 60 mph (miles per hour)

    The speed calculated by this method is an average speed because the car or bike may have been accelerating or decelerating or both over the distance. 

     

    Meters per second is a commonly used unit to measure speed, but you are probably more familiar with miles per hour or kilometers per hour when referring to the speed of cars. All of the units for speed are a distance unit divided by a time unit. 

    Which of the following is the correct equation to calculate average speed?

    speed = time ÷ distance

    speed = distance + time

    speed = distance ÷ time

    speed = time - distance

    Which of the following is not a unit used to measure speed?

    miles per hour

    meters per second

    kilograms per hour

    kilometers per hour

    Write the missing word in the answer box below which completes this sentence (which is referring to the speed = distance ÷ time equation).

     

    The speed calculated by this method is called the __________ speed.

    What is the average speed of a car that travels 200 miles in 5 hours?

     

    _______ miles per hour

    (just write the number)

    Usain bolt ran the hundred meters in 9.58 seconds. What was his average speed?

     

    ________ meters per second

    (Write just the number, to one decimal place)

    Mo Farah ran the 10000m in just over 1650 seconds, to win the gold medai in the London 2012 Olympic Games. What was his average speed?

     

    _______ meters per second

    (Write just the number, to one decimal place)

    The fastest production car in the world is capable of traveling 127 miles in half an hour. What is the cars top speed?

     

    ________ miles per hour

    (Just write the number)

    Complete the following sentence by typing the missing word into the text box below.

     

    All the units for speed are a ___________ unit divided by a time unit.

    • Question 1

    Which of the following is the correct equation to calculate average speed?

    CORRECT ANSWER
    speed = distance ÷ time
    EDDIE SAYS
    Speed = distance ÷ time is the correct equation.
    • Question 2

    Which of the following is not a unit used to measure speed?

    CORRECT ANSWER
    kilograms per hour
    EDDIE SAYS
    Kilograms are unit used to measure mass not distance.
    • Question 3

    Write the missing word in the answer box below which completes this sentence (which is referring to the speed = distance ÷ time equation).

     

    The speed calculated by this method is called the __________ speed.

    CORRECT ANSWER
    average
    EDDIE SAYS
    The speed calculated is the average speed.
    • Question 4

    What is the average speed of a car that travels 200 miles in 5 hours?

     

    _______ miles per hour

    (just write the number)

    CORRECT ANSWER
    40
    EDDIE SAYS
    The speed is equal to 200 ÷ 5 = 40
    • Question 5

    Usain bolt ran the hundred meters in 9.58 seconds. What was his average speed?

     

    ________ meters per second

    (Write just the number, to one decimal place)

    CORRECT ANSWER
    10.4
    EDDIE SAYS
    The speed is equal to 100 ÷ 9.58 = 10.4
    • Question 6

    Mo Farah ran the 10000m in just over 1650 seconds, to win the gold medai in the London 2012 Olympic Games. What was his average speed?

     

    _______ meters per second

    (Write just the number, to one decimal place)

    CORRECT ANSWER
    6.1
    EDDIE SAYS
    The speed is equal to 10000 ÷ 1650 = 6.1
    • Question 7

    The fastest production car in the world is capable of traveling 127 miles in half an hour. What is the cars top speed?

     

    ________ miles per hour

    (Just write the number)

    CORRECT ANSWER
    254
    EDDIE SAYS
    The speed is equal to 127 ÷ 0.5 = 254
    • Question 8

    Complete the following sentence by typing the missing word into the text box below.

     

    All the units for speed are a ___________ unit divided by a time unit.

    CORRECT ANSWER
    distance
    EDDIE SAYS
    Units for speed involve a distance unit, such as meters, being divided by a time; for example, meters per second.
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