Mechanics: Vectors and Projectiles

Vectors and Projectiles: Audio Guided Solution

Problem 20:

Ty Ridlegs boards a paddle boat and heads the boat westward directly across a river. The river flows south at 48 cm/s. Ty paddles the boat with a speed of 98 cm/s.

a. Determine the resultant velocity of the boat - both magnitude and direction.
b. If the river is 22 m wide at this location, then how much time does it take Ty to cross the river? Assume that Ty keeps his paddle boat headed west.
c. How far downstream will Ty be when he reaches the other side of the river?

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