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Speed is the rate of motion expressed as distance moved per unit time. Speed is a scalar; the equivalent vector quantity is known as velocity.

Units of speed include:

  • metre per second (symbol m.s-1), the SI derived unit
  • kilometre per hour, km.h-1
  • mile per hour
  • knot (nautical miles per hour)
  • Mach, where Mach 1 is the speed of sound; Mach n is n times as fast.

1 m.s-1 = 3.6 km.h-1
1 mph = 1.609 km.h-1
1 knot = 1.852 km.h-1 = 0.514 m.s-1.
Mach 1 = ca. 1200 km.h-1 = ca. 330 m.s-1;

Speed is also:

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