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Newton's third law: Rower makes boat move forward

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Homework Statement


Use Newton's third law to explain how a rower makes his rowing boat move forward through the water.

Homework Equations


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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?
 

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Yep.
Okay, thanks for verifying my answer :)
 

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