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Homework Help: Find velocity of boat as function of the time

  1. Jun 6, 2017 #1


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    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    a motorboat of mass m moves along a lake with velocity Vi. at the moment t=0 the engine of the boat is shut down, assuming the resistance of water to be proportional to the velocity of the boat f= -rv , find the velocity of the boat as a function of time

    2. Relevant equations
    ƩF = ma
    a = dv/dt

    3. The attempt at a solution
    ƩF = ma
    - mg - rv = ma
    dv/dt = (-mg - rv)/m
    am not sure if i am going the right way or not
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  3. Jun 6, 2017 #2


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    Force and acceleration are vector quantities. You should work with components:

    ΣFx = max

    ΣFy = may
  4. Jun 6, 2017 #3
    I think that you should not consider mg as it is in 90° angle with rv
  5. Jun 7, 2017 #4


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    And it is in equilibrium with buoyancy.
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