# What is the distance traveled by an object divided by the time it takes to travel that distance called?

The distance traveled by an object divided by the time it takes to travel that distance is called the average speed, r, if you are also considering its direction, its average velocity.

Velocity = distance in one direction/time

Speed = distance/time

For example:

A car that travels 60 miles in a time of 2 hours has a speed of 30 miles per hour.

### What is the distance traveled by an object per unit of time called?

Distance traveled by an object per unit of time is called speed. Speed is a scalar quantity. It is always greater than or equal to zero. Direction is not associated with this physical quantity. Speed at any instant is called instantaneous speed. Speedometer in vehicles show instantaneous speed viz. speed at any instant of time. Speed at any instant = derivative of traveled distance with respect to time = dx/dt.

### How do you know a object's speed and velocity?

To determine the speed of an object, one has to know the distance the object has traveled (in meters) and the time it has taken for the object to travel that distance (in seconds). To calculate speed, take the distance traveled and divide it by the time. To determine velocity, simply take the speed and determine which direction the object was travelling.