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Riding a canoe

  1. Jan 27, 2006 #1
    First of all sorry for the non descriptive thread title. I dont know where to start by answering this question.

    Q. You are a passenger in a canoe. You attempt to step of the canoe onto a small dock without holding on to anything. Explain why you may end up in water instead.

    A. I think it is something related to the canoe being on water. When you attempt to walk off the canoe you push the canoe away from you since water moves.

    I dont know
    What laws are involved in this. Does this have anything to do with Newton
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  3. Jan 27, 2006 #2


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    Yes, Newton's 3rd law. It is not because water moves, but because a boat in water is considered to be in a frictionless environment for these types of physics problems.
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