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Find the distance

  1. Oct 8, 2012 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    A sky diver jumps off a plane from a height of 36000 m (which is in the stratosphere). The wind is blowing at a rate of 15 km/h from the North. How far will the sky diver be from the point directly beneath him on Earth from when he jumped?


    2. Relevant equations
    a=v*t, v=s/t, Sin A/a = Sin B/b


    3. The attempt at a solution
    I have no idea how to factor in the wind. Should I even be considering the wind until the skydiver reaches the troposphere, which is at 15000 m?
     
  2. jcsd
  3. Oct 8, 2012 #2
    Well, the wind is moving the air the sky diver falls through. Does this affect the motion of the sky diver or not? (Hint: think about something light, like a piece of paper or a balloon.)

    As for the other question, you are probably expected to use the same wind speed at all heights. That's based more on experience with how these problems usually turn out to be, than on what's the more physical scenario though.
     
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