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Homework Help: Horizontal/verticle distance, velocity

  1. Jul 26, 2009 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    At an altitude of 300 m, a water bomber drops a load of fire repellent on a hot spot of a forest fire. If the bomber is flying at a velocity of 60 m/s, what horizontal distance (km) does the load travel before hitting the fire?

    2. Relevant equations
    d=v(t), t=√(2d/2)

    3. The attempt at a solution
    i tried finding time using the formula i gave above which gave me 7.82 seconds. then i tried plugging that and 60m/s into d=vt then diving that answer by 60. ( to put it into km). what am i doing wrong?
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  3. Jul 26, 2009 #2


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    Why divide by 60? If you are converting from meters to kilometers, remember that there are 1000 meters in a kilometer...
  4. Jul 26, 2009 #3
    o goodness. what a stupid mistake. thank u so much
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