- Average velocity is the total motion of an object over a specific time interval.
- It is a Vector quantity.
- Velocity units are m/s or ft/min.
Average speed and velocity
- Average speed is the total distance an object travels in a period of time.
- Average speed is a scalar quantity.
- If an object moves in a straight line path, in this case the displacement equals the distance a particle moves in a given time interval.
Hence, when the body is moving in a straight path in this case the average velocity and the average speed is the same.
Under what condition is the magnitude of the average velocity of an object equal to its average speed?
If a body moves in a straight path, the average velocity of an object will be equal to its average speed. Average velocity is the motion of a particle in a specific time whereas the average speed is the distance traveled in a time period.