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Vectors word problem #2

  1. Sep 9, 2008 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    a snow-covered ski slope makes an angle of 35 degrees with the horizontal. when a ski jumper plummets onto the hill, a parcel of splashed snow projects to a maximum position of 5 m at 20 degrees from the vertical in the uphill direction. find the components of its maximum position a.) parallel to the surface and b.) perpendicular to the surface.

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    3. The attempt at a solution

    would i just use a triangle with 20 degrees and 5 meters as the hypotenuse. then find the other two sides using trig and those two sides i find are the parallel and perpendicular sides
    Last edited: Sep 9, 2008
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  3. Sep 10, 2008 #2


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    Hi BeckyStar678! :smile:
    No … that would give you the components parallel and perpendicular to the ground.

    Hint: you need to draw a right-angled triangle with sides parallel and perpendicular to the slope.
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