College Physics (7th Edition)

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ISBN 10: 0-32160-183-1
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Chapter 2 - Kinematics: Description of Motion - Learning Path Questions and Exercises - Exercises - Page 60: 13


(a) Average speed of insect is $0.027\,\mathrm{m/s}$. (b) Magnitude of average velocity of insect is $0.019\,\mathrm{m/s}$.

Work Step by Step

(a) Distance traveled by the insect, $x=27+21=48\,\mathrm{m}$. Time taken, $t=30\times 60=1800\,\mathrm{s}$. Average speed, $s=\frac{x}{t}=\frac{48}{1800}=0.027\,\mathrm{m/s}$. (b) Displacement of the insect, $d=\sqrt{27^2+21^2}=34.2\,\mathrm{m}$. Magnitude of average velocity, $v=\frac{d}{t}=\frac{34.2}{1800}=0.019\,\mathrm{m/s}$.
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