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Find the sum of the following displacement vectors:
|=||5.0 m at 37 o N of E|
|=||6.0 m at 45 o N of W|
|=||4.0 m at 30 o S of W|
|=||3.0 m at 60 o S of E|
|Ax||=||5cos 37 o = 3.99 m|
|Ay||=||5sin 37 o = 3.01 m|
|Bx||=||- 6cos 45 o = - 4.24 m|
|By||=||6sin 45 o = 4.24 m|
|Cx||=||- 4cos 30 o = - 3.46 m|
|Cy||=||- 4sin 30 o = - 2.00 m|
|Dx||=||3cos 60 o = 1.50 m|
|Dy||=||- 3sin 60 o = - 2.60 m|
|Rx||=||Ax + Bx + Cx + Dx = - 2.21 m|
|Ry||=||Ay + By + Cy + Dy = 2.65 m|
|R = = 3.45 m|
|= = 50 o N of W|
The current in a river is 1.0 m/s. A woman swims 300 m downstream and then back to her starting point without stopping. If she can swim 2.0 m/s in still water, find the time of the round trip.
We need to find the velocity of the woman relative to the shore for each part of the swim. Let downstream be the positive direction and let vw be the velocity of the water. vw/w is the velocity of the woman relative to the water and vw/s is the velocity of the woman relative to the shore. Then: (i) going downstream vw/s = vw + vw/w = 1.0 + 2.0 = 3.0 m/s (ii) going upstream vw/s = 1.0 - 2.0 = - 1.0 m/s .
To find the time to go 300 m in each direction use x = v0t + at 2. With a = 0 we have t = x/v0 .
This gives (i) downstream:
|td = = 100 s|
|tu = = 300 s|
The woman in the previous problem swims accross the river to the opposite bank and back. The river is 300 m wide and she swims perpendicular to the current so she ends up downstream from where she started. Find the time for the return trip.
Since the woman swims perpendicular to the current we can define the y-axis as parallel to the river and treat the x and y motion independently. We are only interested in the motion in the x-direction. For the first half of her swim we have:
|vx0||=||vx = 2.0 m/s|
|t = = = 150 s.||(3)|
(Example 3.4) A plane drops a package of emergency rations to a stranded party of explorers. The plane is travelling horizontally at 40.0 m/s at 100 m above the ground. Find a) where the package strikes the ground relative to the spot it was dropped and b) the velocity of the package just before it hits the ground.
Set up the coordinate system as in the Figure 3.5. Consider the x and y components separately. We are given:
|x =?||y = - 100 m|
|v0x = 40 m/s||v0y = 0|
|ax = 0||ay = - 9.8 m/s 2|
|y||=||voyt + ayt 2|
|- 100||=||(- 9.8)t 2|
|x||=||vx0t + axt 2|
|x||=||40(4.5) + 0|
|vy||=||vy0 + at|
|=||0 - 9.8(4.5) = - 44.1 m/s.|
|v||=||= 59.5 m/s|
|=||= 48 o .||(6)|
A projectile is fired with an initial speed of 113 m/s at an angle of 60 o above the horizontal from the top of a cliff 49 m high (see Figure 3.6). Find a) the time to reach the maximum height, b) the maximum height, c) the total time in the air, d) the horizontal range and e) the components of the final velocity just before the projectile hits the ground.
Set up the coordinate system.
Consider the x- and y-motion separately. We are given:
|x =?||yB = - 49 m|
|v0x = 113cos 60 o||v0y = 113sin 60 o|
|v0x = vAx = vBx||vAy = 0|
|ax = 0||ay = - 9.8 m/s 2|
|vAy||=||v0y + aytA|
|=||= 9.99 s.||(7)|
|yA||=||v0ytA + aytA2|
|=||113sin 60(9.99) - (9.8)(9.99)2 = 489 m.||(8)|
|yB||=||v0ytB + aytB2|
|- 49 m||=||(113sin 60)tB - (9.8)t 2B|
|0||=||4.9tB2 - 97.9tB - 49.||(9)|
|tB = (97.9 )|
|xB||=||v0xtB + axtB2|
|=||(113cos 60)(20.5) = 1158 m.||(10)|
|vBx||=||v0x = 113cos 60 = 56.5 m/s|
|vBy||=||v0y + aytB|
|=||113sin 60 - 9.8(20.5) = - 103 m/s.||(11)|
(Problem 3.50) A projectile is fired at a falling target. The projectile leaves the gun at the same instant that the target falls from rest. Assuming that the gun is initially aimed at the target, show that the bullet will hit the target.
Let xB and yB be the x and y positions of the bullet, and let xT and yT be the x and y positions of the target. We need to show that, yB = yT and xB = xT at some common time tc , the time at which the bullet will hit the target.
The motion of the bullet is described by the two equations:
|yB||=||v0sin t - gt 2.|
|xT = xB = v0cos tc|
In order for the bullet to hit the target, the y positions must be equal at
tc . The y position of the target is given by
|yT = y0 - gtc2|
|yB = v0sin tc - gtc2.|
To show this, consider Figure 3.7:
|tan = =|
|y0 = xT.|
|y0 = = v0sin tc.|