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  1. Sep 14, 2004 #1
    A swimmer wants to cross a river, from point A to point B. The distance (from A to C) is 200 m, the distance (from C to B) is 150 m, and the speed of the current in the river is 5 km/h. Suppose that the swimmer makes an angle of (0.785 radians) with respect to the line from A to C, as indicated in the figure.
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  3. Sep 14, 2004 #2
    how the heck do I start???
  4. Sep 14, 2004 #3


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    Represent the velocity of the rivers current and the velocity of the swimmer as vectors, use vector addition to find the sum. Drawing a picture helps.

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  5. Sep 14, 2004 #4


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    Insufficient information. What are you solving for, distance from A to B? It sounds like a triangulation problem. The relevance of the river current speed is also unclear since no swim speed is given. If it is assumed the swimmer will arrive at point B given the swim speed, current speed, and initial angle of approach, the problem can be solved by finding the vector angle of the swimmer's path - since you will then have 2 sides and an angle of a triangle.
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