**AVERAGE SPEED FORMULA**

The average speed is defined as the total distance traveled divided by the time that it takes to travel that distance. Average speed formula is:

\(average{ \quad }speed=\frac { distance\quad traveled }{ time{ \quad }elapsed }\)Speed is a scalar quantity and it does not have a direction assigned to it. Speed is simply a positive number or zero but not a negative number.

In physics, there is a big difference between speed and velocity. The average velocity between t_{1} and t_{5} is 0 but the average speed is not.

What is the distance that the object travels between time t_{1} and time t_{5}? The total distance traveled between time t_{1} and time t_{5} is shown in Figure 3. The average speed is the total distance traveled between t_{1} and t_{5} divided by t_{5} minus t_{1}.