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Homework Help: Position of package when dropped from plane

  1. Sep 12, 2009 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    A plane is flying horizontally with speed 148 m/s at a height 4510 m above the ground, when a package is dropped from the plane. The acceleration is 9.8 m/s^2. Neglecting air resistance, when the package hits the ground, the plane will be.... ahead, directly above, or behind the package?

    2. Relevant equations

    v^2 = vi^2 + .5ax

    3. The attempt at a solution

    I tried to break it into x and y components, and solve for x in the horizontal direction, but I am really confused. Please help.
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  3. Sep 12, 2009 #2


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    What is the initial velocity of the package in the y-direction?
    How much time the packet takes to reach the ground?
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