2-D Motion and Vectors

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Homework Statement



A Coast Guard cutter detects an unidentified ship at a distance of 20.0 km in the direction 15.0° east of north. The ship is traveling at 26.0 km/h on a course at 40.0° east of north. The Coast Guard wishes to send a speedboat to intercept and investigate the vessel. (a) If the speedboat travels at 50.0 km/h, in what direction should it head? Express the direction as a compass bearing with respect to due north. (b) Find the time required for the cutter to intercept the ship.


Homework Equations


Ax=Acosθ
Ay=Asinθ
x=Vit+(1/2)at2

The Attempt at a Solution


Honestly, I don't know how to go about drawing this problem up. If some one could help me set this up, I would be able to answer it.
 

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rude man
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At t = 0 assume the cutter is at x = y = 0, so the ship is at what position?

So what is the ship's position for all t > 0? And, assuming an angle θ for the cutter (with North), what is the cutter's position for all t > 0?

Part (b) can wait until you've solved part (a).
 
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Start by sketching out the situation.
Draw the position of the coastguard boat, then the position of the unidentified ship.
Draw a velocity vector for the ship - Draw an indication of where, roughly, the velocity of the speedboat points.

Notice that while the speedboat travels, the unidentified ship also changes position.

You can do this as a relative motion problem or as a speed-displacement problem.
 

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