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# What's the difference between speed and velocity?

What is the difference between speed and velocity?

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Roman C. | Masters of Education Graduate with Mathematics ExpertiseMasters of Education Graduate with Mathe...
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Speed is a scalar quantity. Ex: I am driving at 30 mph.

Velocity is a vector quantity. Ex: I am driving at 30 mph due East.

Robert J. | Certified High School AP Calculus and Physics TeacherCertified High School AP Calculus and Ph...
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Velocity is a vector. Speed is a scalar. The absolute value of velocity is speed.

Mark P. | Highly Qualified and effective tutor for Physics, MSTHighly Qualified and effective tutor for...
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Speed is a scalar and velocity is a vector but be careful if you are talking about instantaneous or average.  The speed of an object, at an instant, is the same as the magnitude of the velocity at that instant.   However, over a period of time

average speed = total distance/total time

and

average velocity=change in position/change in time.

Average speed and average velocity can be very different.

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Velocity is speed with direction.  Speed is scalar (has magnitude) and velocity is a vector (has magnitude and direction)

Kate Z. | Knowledgable and Experienced TutorKnowledgable and Experienced Tutor
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Speed is a scalar, meaning it just has magnitude where velocity is a vector meaning it has magnitude and direction.