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Homework Help: How to find Speed and Direction

  1. Oct 7, 2008 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    A sailboat is traveling eat at 5.0 m/s/ A sidden gust of wind gives the boat an acceleration a-> = (0.80 m/s^2, 40 degrees North of east). what are the boat's speed and direction 6.0 seconds later when the gust subsides?

    2. Relevant equations
    I don't know wht formula to use,
    please help me
    how to do this problem

    3. The attempt at a solution
  2. jcsd
  3. Oct 7, 2008 #2


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    Hi zuber! :smile:

    Acceleration is a vector (like velocity), so you can split it into components.

    Then calculate the x and y components of velocity separately. :wink:
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