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Vectors and angles word problem

  1. Sep 8, 2011 #1
    A snow-covered ski slope makes an angle of θslope = 29.0° with the horizontal. When a ski jumper plummets onto the hill, a parcel of splashed snow is thrown up to a maximum displacement of 1.70 m at θsnow = 19.0° from the vertical in the uphill direction as shown in the figure below.

    3-p-026-alt.gif

    (a) Find the component of its maximum displacement parallel to the surface.

    (b) Find the component of its maximum displacement perpendicular to the surface.

    I don't know what component is parallel to the surface. I also don't know where the 1.70m goes
     
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  3. Sep 8, 2011 #2
    I believe that 1.7 m is the length of the vector with the little snow ball on top of it. Create vectors parallel and perpendicular to the slope for the 1.7 meter vector
     
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