Speed and Velocity

How fast are you going ? Speed and Motion


To be able to: 

Created by: Dr. William Chavez
Saddleback Valley Unified School District


Resources Needed:

You will need a computer connected to the internet as well as sheets found on this webquest. Many activities require plugins for your browser. 

You will need Macromedia's - Flash and Shockwave plugins. (discontinued)

Your Task: 


6. Can you guess which line is constant velocity, and which one is accelerating faster?

7. To see if you are correct, go to lesson on graphing velocity and acceleration.  Place the following different velocities at 0,5,10,and15.seconds in the tutorial and notice the lines that are similar to the graph above.

8. Draw the five graphs on graph paper and label whether the graph is showing constant velocity, acceleration, or deceleration.

9. For lab credit, do the lab on animating motion. Do activity 3, but you may have to look at the beginning of the lab to understand how to do activity 3.

 Now that you have mastered the understanding of speed, maybe you would like to try your hand at some of these simulations.

*** For all your work, enjoy this fast action game Skyracer ***  - requires Macromedia plug-in  (no longer available)

How about testing your reaction time while trying to hit a baseball? 


Please complete and hand in work together for credit. 

A Few Internet Resources:


Created August 16, 2002
Last Revised August 16, 2002

Teacher Notes

Suggested Grade Level: 8-10 physical science

Science Content Standards: 

 Science-Grade 8-Physical Sciences
    1b Average speed is the total distance traveled divided by the total time elapsed. The speed of an object along the path traveled can vary. 

Science-Grade 8-Physical Sciences
    1c How to solve problems involving distance, time, and average speed. 

Science-Grade 8-Physical Sciences
    1d To describe the velocity of an object one must specify both direction and speed. 

Science-Grade 8-Physical Sciences
    1e Changes in velocity can be changes in speed, direction, or both. 

Science-Grade 8-Physical Sciences
    1f How to interpret graphs of position versus time and speed versus time for motion in a single direction. 

Science-Grade 8-Investigation and Experimentation
    9f Apply simple mathematical relationships to determine one quantity given the other two (including speed = distance/time, density = mass/volume, force = pressure x  area, volume=area x height). 

Science-Grade 9 Grade 10 Grade 11 Grade 12-Physical Sciences
    1a How to solve problems involving constant speed and average speed. 

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