Two airplanes taxi as they approach the terminal. Plane 1 taxies with a speed of 13.4 m/s due north. Plane 2 taxies with a speed of 6.2 m/s in a direction 18.8° north of west.
(a) What are the direction and magnitude of the velocity of plane 1 relative to plane 2?
(b) What are the direction and magnitude of the velocity of plane 2 relative to plane 1?
The law of cosines: A^2 = B^2 + C^2 - 2*B*C*cos(A)
The Attempt at a Solution
I set the vectors tail - to - tail and used the law of cosines to solve for the resultant vector, which I call n:
n^2 = 6.2^2 + 13.4^2 - 2(6.2)(13.4)cos(71.2)
n = 12.823 m/s
So I have the magnitude. Now I need the direction. For (a), the direction will be X degrees north of east, and for (b) the direction will be Y degrees south of west. I'm have a feeling that X=Y, but I can't seem to get the right answer. Here's what I'm doing:
I solve for the angle between the 12.823 and the 18.8 sides:
theta = cos^-1 ([12.823^2 + 18.8^2 - 13.4^2]/[2*12.823*18.8])
theta = 45.4385 degrees
That leaves the remaining angle in the triangle to be 63.3615 degrees.
So to find the direction for, let's say, part (b), shouldn't I just subtract 64.3615 degrees from 90 degrees? That would yield 25.6385 degrees. But that answer is incorrect.
What am I failing to see?
Thanks for your response!