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Newton's third law: Rower makes boat move forward

  1. May 9, 2016 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    Use Newton's third law to explain how a rower makes his rowing boat move forward through the water.

    2. Relevant equations
    no equations required

    3. The attempt at a solution
    According to Newton's third law, there is a reaction force for every action force. In this case, the action force of the rower using the paddle to push the water has a reaction force of the water pushing back on the boat with an equal but opposite force, propelling the boat forward.

    Is this correct?
     
  2. jcsd
  3. May 9, 2016 #2
    Yep.
     
  4. May 9, 2016 #3
    Okay, thanks for verifying my answer :)
     
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