Find the average velocity of the particle over the time interval [1,1+h] After t seconds the displacement, s(t), of a particle moving rightwards along the t-axis is given (in feet) by s(t) = (1/4)t^3

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lfryerda | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator

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The average velocity of the particle is given by the difference in displacement divided by the difference in times.  This means that we calculate this as:

`v={s(1+h)-s(1)}/{1+h-1}`   simplify

`={1/4(1+h)^3-1/4(1)}/{h}`   expand numerator and factor 1/4


`={3h+3h^2+h^3}/{4h}`    cancel common factor of h


The average velocity is `v=1/4(3+3h+h^2)` .