Average Velocity
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Given:A dog runs directly from point A to point B at a rate of 12 feet/second. The dog then runs directly from point B back to point A at a rate of 5 feet/second.

Problem:Determine the average velocity of the dog as it traveled this path.

Definition:Average velocity is calculated by taking the total distance traveled and dividing it by the total time traveled.

Hint:The solution is not (12 + 5) ÷ 2 or 8.5 feet/second.

Result:The average velocity of the dog is feet/second.
Round your solution to the nearest tenth of a foot/second.