Physics question

• Mar 3rd 2007, 01:51 AM
Phoebe83
Physics question
Hi everyone!

I just started to study physics and there is something I don't understand.

average velocity is the displacement (Delta X) divided by time(Delta t), right ?

so, if a car drives from A to B (say in 2 minutes) and back from B to A (in 5 minutes) it's displacement (Delta X) for the entire trip is 0 because it return the same place...
(if we draw a graph of X(t) and we draw a line between the start point and the end point - the slope of that line represents the average velocity, am I right?)

so the average velocity is 0 ??
• Mar 3rd 2007, 03:36 AM
topsquark
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Originally Posted by Phoebe83
Hi everyone!

I just started to study physics and there is something I don't understand.

average velocity is the displacement (Delta X) divided by time(Delta t), right ?

so, if a car drives from A to B (say in 2 minutes) and back from B to A (in 5 minutes) it's displacement (Delta X) for the entire trip is 0 because it return the same place...
(if we draw a graph of X(t) and we draw a line between the start point and the end point - the slope of that line represents the average velocity, am I right?)

so the average velocity is 0 ??