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Magnitude and direction

  1. Oct 11, 2005 #1
    I just can't figure out how to determine the magnitude and direction of the wind's velocity with this information, the combinasons of possibilities seem endless.

    An airplane travelling at a cruising velocity of 1000 km/h is headed south toward a destination of 1500 km away. In order to maintain its southward heading, the airplane must travel on a course [S15°W].

    Determine the magnitude and direction of the wind's velocity.

    Thanks in advance
  2. jcsd
  3. Oct 11, 2005 #2
    Hint: Try drawing a diagram of the velocity vectors on a coordinate system to visualize what's going on.
  4. Oct 11, 2005 #3
    I'm coming up with 261 km/h [E7,5°S]

    I'm not too sure about this answer though, can anyone tell me if i'm right or not?
  5. Oct 11, 2005 #4
    add two of the vectors and see if you come up with the third
  6. Apr 18, 2009 #5
    I'm not too sure why they give you the 1500km away, unless theres more to the question. I'm sorry if my diagram is rudimentary.

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