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Distinguish between average speed and average velocity


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Difference between Average Speed and Average Velocity:
Definition:
Average speed is the total distance traveled divided by the time. Speed takes into account the total path length traveled.

Average velocity is the displacement divided by the time. Velocity only takes into account the starting and ending points of an object’s path.

Direction:
Average speed has no specific direction. It is a scalar quantity.

Average velocity has a specified direction. It is a vector quantity.


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