Speed Quizzes & Trivia

In Old English, “sped” meant “success” or “thriving”, having grown out of the same ancient root “spe-” as the Latin “sperare” (to hope) and its relatives “prosperity” and “despair”.

The word “speed” was only applied to motion in the early 14th century. Speed is a relative measurement and, according to Einstein’s theory of Special Relativity, the constant against which the speed of all objects in the universe is measured is the speed of light (186,282 miles per second).

It’s high time for this concept of physics to prove its worth, so take these quizzes and find the answers to questions like “What is instantaneous speed?”, “What is the linear speed of something moving along a circular path?”, and “Who was the first to measure speed by considering the distance covered and the time it takes”. Now, be speedy about it!


A simple quiz to test the fundamentals of photography- understanding aperture and shutter speed.

Questions: 21  |  Attempts: 447   |  Last updated: Feb 13, 2013
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    When you change the aperture setting on your camera, what are you actually changing?

Speed, being a scalar quantity, is the rate at which an object covers distance. The average speed is the distance per time ratio. Have you just learnt how to measure speed? Take this Kid science: Calculating Speed quiz and...

Questions: 5  |  Attempts: 197   |  Last updated: Nov 27, 2018
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      Snail Motion  Time (Hours) Distance (centimeters) 2 50 4 90 6 130 8 180What is the speed of the snail at 2 hours?

A test to assess a reader's knowledge of shutter speed based on Bryan Peterson's book "Understanding Exposure".

Questions: 10  |  Attempts: 196   |  Last updated: Dec 20, 2012
  • Sample Question
    How does shutter speed effect a photo?

Take this short and crisp quiz on Speed (1994)

Questions: 8  |  Attempts: 100   |  Last updated: Feb 16, 2015
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    What model of Corvette was the fastest and the most expensive from 1991 to 1995?

This quiz will check your understanding in what you have learnt.

Questions: 10  |  Attempts: 91   |  Last updated: Jan 10, 2013
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    Which of the following statements about the effect of a catalyst is correct?




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Speed Questions & Answers


How can the speed of dark be measured?
I know it is very easy to think it is not possible to calculate the speed of darkness. The truth is if the speed of light can be calculated, then we should be able to calculate the speed of darkness. People are of the opinion that the speed of light
What is the difference between Average Speed and Instantaneous Speed?
Majorly in the field of physics, kinematics is the science that deals with the study of the motion of an object, irrespective of what causes the motion. It usually has to do with the speed and velocity of the object. Speed, in physics, can be defined
What are you actually changing when you change the aperture setting on your camera?
It seems that many people use their cell phones to take pictures of things today. However, if you ever use a camera today, there may be features and functions that you do not know how to work. That is because the cell phone’s camera involves fe
What factors does the speed of an object depend on?
The speed of an object depends on so many factors. These are just things we can easily think of without going into the full explanation that physics has for it. The speed of an object depends on factors like weight, friction; it also depends on the e
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