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A boat is moving at .5 m/s relative to the ground with a passenger riding inside of the boat. If the passenger jumps off of the front of the boat at a velocity of 4.0 m/s (relative to the boat), what is the total velocity of the passenger relative the the ground/water?

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I know the answer should be 5.0 m/s, but I am having trouble explaining this. I believe it comes from the momentum of the passenger along with the momentum of the boat being transferred to the passenger when he jumps giving him a velocity of 1.0 m/s + the 4.0 giving a total of 5.0 m/s. Can someone better explain this?

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# Homework Help: Jumping off the front of a boat

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