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Travel Graphs

A travel graph is sometimes also called the time graph.

A travel graph is a type of line graph representing a journey. It compares the distances travelled with times taken. In a travel graph:

  • the time is shown in the horizontal axis
  • the distance travelled is shown in the vertical axis
  • the steepness of the line represents the speed of the object. The steeper the graph the greater the speed
  • a horizontal line indicates the object is at rest or is stationery, i.e. it is not moving, and its speed is zero.
  • we assume that the travel is along a straight road
  • we use the formula speed =  distance/time to find the value of time (or distance travelled) when speed is given.


travel graph