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Addition of 2-D vectors and relative velocity

  1. Feb 20, 2012 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    A plane must fly to a destination located due north from its departure point. A gentle wind is blowing from the south-west. What direction must the plane point to reach its destination?

    2. Relevant equations



    3. The attempt at a solution

    http://i.minus.com/iMPPjrIF6APd.png [Broken]


    In situation 1 I drew the displacement if the plan was to fly due north. In situation 2 I drew the displacement if the plane was to fly north-west.

    I'm not really sure, but I think that sit. 2 might be what happens if the plane wanted to reach its destination.
     
    Last edited by a moderator: May 5, 2017
  2. jcsd
  3. Feb 20, 2012 #2
    You have the geometry right, now you just need get the components to work out. Without a little more info, there's not much more we do.
     
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