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Vector Velocities

  1. Sep 14, 2008 #1
    I really need help as I have a test tomorrow and am having trouble with these problems.

    I have attached the questions and my work in the picture below.


    Both answers are wrong. Can somebody tell me what I am doing wrong and if my diagrams are drawn correctly. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you.
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  3. Sep 14, 2008 #2


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    Hi xCanx,

    The speed you found for the boat (4.27 m/s) would be the speed if the boat was pointed directly across the stream. In that case, the current would drag the boat downstream, so it does not match the problem.

    In this case, they want the boat to actually move straight across the water. So the boat must be pointed somewhat upstream, so as to cancel out the effect of the water. Since some of its velocity is being used to cancel the water, the total velocity should be less than 4m/s.

    Does this help? What do you get?
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