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Homework Help: Very Simple Physics Problem

  1. Mar 6, 2006 #1
    i have just started physics in high school and i got this problem i want some help on this question:

    A small fish is dropped by a pelican that is rising steadily at 0.41m/s.
    a)After 1.8s, what is the velocity of the fish? Answer in units of m/s
    b)How far below the pelican is the fish after the 1.8s? Answer in units of m.

    if anyone can show me the steps and formulae, thanks.
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  3. Mar 6, 2006 #2
    what steps have you taken so far? most people on this board like to see that you put some work in a problem before submitting it for help. Here is a hint:

    What effect does the fact that the pelican is rising have on the fall of the fish? Is gravity affected when you are moving against gravity at a gentle constant velocity?

  4. Mar 7, 2006 #3
    vi= 0.41 m/s
    vf= ?
    a=9.8 m/s
    therefore u use vf=vi+at
    that is what i think i not quite sure for part a.
    for part b u use s=(vi+vf/2)*t or s=vit+1/2at^2
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