Distance, Rate, and Time Worksheets

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In math, distance, rate, and time are three important concepts you can use to solve many problems if you know the formula. Distance is the length of space traveled by a moving object or the length measured between two points. It is usually denoted by in math problems.

The rate is the speed at which an object or person travels. It is usually denoted by r in equations. Time is the measured or measurable period during which an action, process, or condition exists or continues. In distance, rate, and time problems, time is measured as the fraction in which a particular distance is traveled. Time is usually denoted by t in equations.

Use the free, printable worksheets below to help students learn and master these important math concepts. Each section provides the student worksheet, followed by an identical worksheet that includes the answers for ease of grading. Each worksheet provides three distance, rate, and time problems for students to solve.

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Worksheet No. 1

Distance, Rate and Time Worksheet 1
D. Russell

When solving distance problems, explain to students that they will use the formula rt = d or rate (speed) times time equals distance. For example, the first problem states:

The Prince David ship headed south at an average speed of 20 mph. Later the Prince Albert traveled north with an average speed of 20 mph. After the Prince David ship had traveled for eight hours the ships were 280 miles. apart.
How many hours did the Prince David Ship Travel?

Students should find that the ship traveled for six hours.

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Worksheet No. 2

Distance, Rate and Time Worksheet 2
D. Russell

If students are struggling, explain that to solve these problems, they will apply the formula that solves distance, rate, and time, which is distance = rate x time. It is abbreviated as:

d = rt

The formula can also be rearranged as:

r = d/t or  t = d/r

Let students know that there are many examples where you might use this formula in real life. For example, if you know the time and rate a person is traveling on a train, you can quickly calculate how far he traveled. And if you know the time and distance a passenger traveled on a plane, you could quickly figure the distance she traveled simply by reconfiguring the formula.

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Worksheet No. 3

Distance, Rate and Time Worksheet 3
D. Russell

On this worksheet, students will solve problems such as:

Two sisters Anna and Shay left the home at the same time. They headed out in opposite directions toward their destinations. Shay drove 50 mph faster than her sister Anna. Two hours later, they were 220 mph apart from each.
What was Anna’s average speed?

The students should find that Anna's average speed was 30 mph.

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Worksheet No. 4

Distance, Rate and Time Worksheet 4
D. Russell

On this worksheet, students will solve problems such as:

Ryan left home and drove to his friend's house driving 28 mph. Warren left an hour after Ryan traveling at 35 mph hoping to catch up with Ryan.
How long did Ryan drive before Warren caught up to him?

Students should find that Ryan drove for five hours before Warren caught up to him.

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Worksheet No. 5

Distrance, Rate, Time Worksheet 5

On this final worksheet, students will solve problems including:

Pam drove to the mall and back. It took one hour longer to go there than it did to come back home. The average speed she was traveling on the trip there was 32 mph. The average speed on the way back was 40 mph.
How many hours did the trip there take?

They should find that Pam's trip took five hours.