If a car's velocity is given by v(t) = t + 25 miles per hour, how far has the car traveled between the times t = 1 hour and t = 3 hours

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- May 17th 2006, 12:00 PMbobby77need help please!
If a car's velocity is given by v(t) = t + 25 miles per hour, how far has the car traveled between the times t = 1 hour and t = 3 hours

- May 17th 2006, 12:30 PMtopsquarkQuote:

Originally Posted by**bobby77**

v(1) = 26 mph

v(3) = 28 mph

So the car is moving between 26 and 28 mph during the times t = 1 hr and t = 3 hr.

Was that what you were looking for? The only other thing I can think of is that you are looking for an average speed which would be $\displaystyle \frac{26+28}{2}=27 \, mph$ since v is a linear function of t.

-Dan - May 17th 2006, 03:02 PMJameson
$\displaystyle s=\int|v|dt$, but since the velocity function isn't negative on your interval you can drop the absolute value brackets. So the total distance traveled is $\displaystyle \int_{1}^{3}t+25dt=54miles$

- May 17th 2006, 05:01 PMtopsquark
(Sigh). I hate it when I read the question wrong! :o

-Dan - May 17th 2006, 05:20 PMJameson
It happens to the best of us. ;) I wish I could say that was the reason I can't answer a question correctly.