1. ## average velocity

Consider a car whose position, s, is given by the table

t (sec) 0 0.2 0.4 0.6 0.8 1
s (ft) 0 0.5 1.7 3.8 6.5 9.6

Find the average velocity over the interval 0<=t<=0.2

Estimate the velocity at t=0.2

2. Velocity is calculated as distance over time, so the average velocity over an interval will be the total distance traveled in that interval divided by the total time taken to travel that distance.

3. ok that makes sense but how do you estimate the time at 0.2?

4. Originally Posted by cwarzecha
Consider a car whose position, s, is given by the table

t (sec) 0 0.2 0.4 0.6 0.8 1
s (ft) 0 0.5 1.7 3.8 6.5 9.6

Estimate the velocity at t=0.2
Sketch a graph of the data then sketch a smooth curve connecting those points. The instantaneous speed at 0.2 s will be the slope of the line that is tangent to your curve at 0.2 s.

-Dan

5. i sketched a graph and i got a line. is it the slope of that line?

6. Originally Posted by cwarzecha
i sketched a graph and i got a line. is it the slope of that line?
Yes, the slope of the line tangent to a given line is the slope of the given line.

Ie. The slope of the tangent to y = mx + b is m.

-Dan

7. Thanks