# Distance, Speed and Time

Distance travelled, average speed maintained and time elapsed are related by the following:

or, as used in Science classes

Remember : Converting time units

Times decimal of hour by 60 to  get minutes:
1.15hrs means 1hr 9 minutes, not 1 hr 15 minutes

Divide minutes by 60 to get decimal of hour:
3hrs 45 minutes  = 3.75 hours , not 3.45 hours

## Distance travelled

Examples

A man walks for 3 hours at a speed of 3 miles per hour.
How far has he travelled ?

A man walks for 45 minutes at a speed of 4 miles per hour.
How far has he travelled ?

Convert the minutes into hours :

so

## Average Speed maintained

Examples

A man covers a distance of 21 miles in 7 hours.
Calculate his average speed.

A man covers a distance of 232 miles in 7 hours and 15 minutes.
What was his average speed ?

Convert the minutes into hours :

so

## Time taken

Examples

How long does it take an aircraft  travelling at 580 km per hour to travel a distance of 232 kilometres ?

convert to minutes

A man drove a distance of 250 miles at an average speed of 70 mph.
How long did the journey take ?