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Homework Help: Reference Frame Question: How come wind relative to boat doesn't matter?

  1. Sep 19, 2009 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    http://img198.imageshack.us/img198/3834/relativeboatvelocity.jpg [Broken]

    The note says "( Wind relative to boat is irrelevant! )"

    Why is it irrelevant?
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  3. Sep 19, 2009 #2


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    Suppose it's a motor boat?
    It could be that another version of the question also asks something about the wind.
  4. Sep 19, 2009 #3
    Bah. If physics is a language of precision why go out of the way to play semantic games in word problems?

    No such problem, but you're right this problem doesn't involve any sort of "forces".
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