# Time and Distance Formulas

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Time and Distance Formulas
Steve Tuckerman 11 th Grade Mathematics Education page

What are Time and Distance formulas?
Time and Distance Formulas relate time, distance, and speed. These relationships have many practical applications. Right now, Jeff Gordon is trying to decide how fast he has to go to pass Jimmie Johnson.

How to get around in this lesson
There will be a series of buttons to choose from. Forward and backward buttons are located on the bottom of the slide. The home button returns you to the main menu Quizzes have answer buttons. Click on the button that you think is the right answer. Answer buttons look like this:

Main Menu Tutorial Quiz One: Given rate and time, calculate distance.
Quiz Two: Given distance and time, calculate pace. Quiz Three: Convert minutes per mile to miles per hour.

Why do you need to know the Time and Distance Formula?
To figure how long a trip will take To see how far you can go in a set amount of time To see how fast you took a trip To compare different trips

Steps in solving Time and Distance Formulas
Step 1. Translate the question into mathematical terms. For example, if you are asked miles per hour, write the question as miles divided by hours.

Steps in solving Time and Distance Formulas
Step 2. Put everything in constant units. For example, if the question asks miles per hour, every time must be placed in terms of hours, and every distance must be placed in terms of miles.

Conversion Units Remember: There are 60 seconds in a minute, 60 minutes in an hour, and 24 hours in a day. Remember: There are 12 inches in a foot, 3 feet in a yard, and 5280 feet in a mile.

Time Conversions To convert minutes to hours, divide by 60.
To convert hours to minutes, multiply by 60 To convert seconds to minutes, divide by 60 To convert minutes to seconds, multiply by 60 To convert days to hours, multiply by 24 To convert hours to days, divide by 24

Measurement Conversions
To convert inches to feet, divide by 12 To convert feet to inches, multiply by 12 To convert feet to miles, divide by 5280 To convert miles to feet, multiply by 5280

Step 3. Write the equation you want to solve.
Use the correct formula to solve it. Be careful about what you multiply, and what you divide!

What are the basic formulas?
Distance = Rate * Time (d = r * t) Rate = Distance / Time (r =d/ t) Time = Distance / Rate (t = d / r) Be sure you use the right formula!

To find distance Distance = Rate * Time (d = r * t)
For example, to find miles, multiply miles per hour (rate) times the number of hours. Miles = Miles x Hours Hours The hours cancel, you are left with miles.

To find the rate of speed
Rate = Distance / Time (r =d/ t) To find miles per hour, divide miles driven by the number of hours driven.

To find the time it takes to travel.
Time = Distance / Rate (t = d / r) Hours = Miles_____ Miles/Hour Remember, to divide fractions, flip and multiply Hours = Miles x Hours Miles Miles cancel, you are left with hours

Quiz 1 How far can you go in 30 minutes at 55 miles per hour? Bowser wants to go skiing with his friends.

Step one Put in constant units
Rate was given in miles per hour, so time must be in hours Remember, to convert minutes to hours, divide by 60

Question 1 What time should be used?
We are given 30 minutes. We want the answer in hours. Answer A. 2 hours B. 0.5 hours C. 30 hours

Nice try. Bowser’s friends are still waiting.
Remember, to convert minutes to hours, divide by the number of minutes by 60. You divided by 15.

Nice try. Bowser’s friends are still waiting
Nice try. Bowser’s friends are still waiting. You just changed minutes into hours.

Nice job. The time is one half hour, or 0. 5 hours
Nice job! The time is one half hour, or 0.5 hours. Bowser goes skiing with his friends.

Question 2 Now, how do you calculate how far you can go?
A. Distance = 0.5 hours / 55 miles per hour B. Distance = 0.5 hours times 55 miles per hour C. Distance = 55 miles / 0.5 hours Remember the basic formulas!

Nice try. If distance equals rate times time, then you must multiply, not divide.
Distance = Rate * Time (d = r * t)

Question 3 Well done. You have the formula correct. Distance equals rate times time, so distance equals 0.5 times 55, or 27.5 27.5 is in what units? A. Hours B. Miles C. Speed

Nice try. Remember, we were talking about miles per hour, so the answer is in miles

Well done. You can go 27.5 miles in 30 minutes traveling at 55 miles per hour.
Are you ready for another quiz? If so, click the right arrow

Quiz 2 Joan Benoit won the 1984 Olympic marathon in 2 hours, 24 minutes, and 52 seconds. If a marathon is miles, what was her average pace in minutes per mile?

Question 1 The first step is to put everything in constant units. If it took Joan 2 hours, 24 minutes, and 52 seconds to run her race, and we are interested in her pace in minutes per mile, what is our first step? Place everything in terms of hours Place everything in terms of minutes Place everything in terms of seconds

Nice try. We want to know how many minutes it took Joan to run each mile, so we need to know how many minutes she was running.

Well done. Since we want to know Joan’s average pace in terms of minutes per mile, we need to put everything in terms of minutes.

Question 2 We know that Joan’s time was 2 hours, 24 minutes, 52 seconds. What formula gives us the number of minutes?

Remember, to convert hours to minutes, multiply by 60
Remember, to convert hours to minutes, multiply by 60. To convert seconds to minutes, divide by 60. Everything has to be in terms of minutes.

2 times 60 plus 24 plus 52 2 times 60 plus 24 plus 52/60 2 times 60 plus 24 plus 52/100 Remember, you are converting 2 hours, 24 minutes, 52 seconds to minutes.

Nice try. Remember, we want the answer in minutes
Nice try. Remember, we want the answer in minutes. To convert hours to minutes, multiply by 60. To convert seconds to minutes, divide by 60. You forgot to convert seconds to minutes.

Nice try. Remember, we want the answer in minutes
Nice try. Remember, we want the answer in minutes. To convert hours to minutes, multiply by 60. To convert seconds to minutes, divide by 60. You divided seconds by 100.

Well done. The answer is 2 times 60 plus 24 plus 52/60
Well done. The answer is 2 times 60 plus 24 plus 52/60. You multiply 2 hours times 60 minutes per hour, add the 24 minutes, and add 52 seconds / 60 seconds in a minute. All units are now in minutes. The correct answer is minutes

Question 3 What was Joan’s average pace per mile? Remember, she ran miles in minutes. 144.87/26.22 = 5.525, or 5 minutes 31 seconds per mile 26.22/ = .18 minutes per mile

Nice try. Remember, we wanted Joan’s pace in minutes per mile
Nice try. Remember, we wanted Joan’s pace in minutes per mile. Therefore, you divide the number of minutes she was running by the number of miles she ran. You did it backwards.

Well done. Joan’s average pace per mile in the 1984 Olympic marathon was 5 minutes and 31 seconds per mile. How far can you run at that pace? Click the right arrow for the next quiz.

Quiz 3 We know that Joan Benoit ran the mile Olympic marathon at an average pace of 5 minutes and 31 seconds per mile. What was her speed in miles per hour?

Step one First, we have to put everything in constant units. We are interested in miles per hour, so we need to convert minutes to hours.

Question 1 How do you convert minutes to hours?
Multiply the number of minutes by 60 Divide the number of minutes by 60 Multiply by 24

Nice try. Remember, you have to divide the number of minutes by 60
Nice try. Remember, you have to divide the number of minutes by 60. You multiplied by 60.

Nice try. You multiplied by 24. You should have divided by 60.

Question 2 Well done. There are 60 minutes in an hour, so you divide the number of minutes by 60. How do you convert 5 minutes and 31 seconds into hours?

A. Divide 5.31 by 60 B. First convert 31 seconds into minutes, add to 5, then divide by 60 C. Multiply 5.31 times 24

Nice try. Remember, you need to convert everything into minutes, so you have to convert seconds into minutes. You forgot to make this conversion.

Nice try. Remember, you need to convert everything to minutes
Nice try. Remember, you need to convert everything to minutes. You tried to convert to days.

Question 3 Well done. First, convert the 31 seconds into minutes. 31/60 = .52. Now, add the .52 to 5 minutes to get Then, divide by 60. The answer is Joan ran each mile in .092 hours. How do you convert one mile in .092 hours into miles per hour?

1 mile divided by .092 hours equals x miles divided by one hour
Cross multiply: 1 mile times 1 hour = .092 times x miles X miles = 1/.092 X = 10.9 miles per hour.

Congratulations on completing your first lesson on time and distance formulas.