Speed vs. Velocity Video Tutorial

The Speed vs. Velocity Video Tutorial explains the meaning of speed and velocity and distinguished between the instantaneous and average values of each. Strategies for calculating average values of speed and velocity are discussed. Numerous examples, illustrations, and animations assist in the explanations. The video lesson answers the following questions:

1. What is speed, instantaneous speed, and average speed?
2. What is velocity and how is it related to speed?
3. How are average speed and average velocity calculated?
4. How can a multi-leg motion be analyzed in terms of average speed and average velocity?

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