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An aeroplane flying in a wind 2009-06-02
From Maria:
The aeroplane flies in a wind of speed 50 kph from the direction S80◦W. However, the direction in which it is pointed, and its speed in still air, are such that its resultant speed and direction are 800 kph, and direction N71.6◦E

I need to find the size of the angle between v and vw, in degrees to one decimal place, and find the speed at which the aeroplane would fly if the air were still, to the nearest kph.

It would help me greatly if I could see a diagram illustrating the velocity va that the aeroplane would have if the air were still, the velocity vw of the wind, and the resultant velocity v of the aeroplane (diagram should be in the form of a triangle illustrating how one velocity vector is the sum of the other two)


Answered by Harley Weston.
Two forces acting on a body 2008-06-21
From Rita:
Before answering the question below, what exactly is, in basic words, resultant force? QUESTION: Two forces of 50 and 68 pounds act on a body to produce a resultant force of 70 pounds. Find, to the nearest 10 minutes or nearest tenth of a degree, the angle formed between the resultant force and the smaller force.
Answered by Harley Weston.
The combined force of two vectors 2004-10-30
From Brian:
Two teams are playing push ball with a large 8 foot diameter ball. One team exerts a force represented by the vector a = 2i + -5j, and the other team exerts a force represented by the vector b = -8i-3j.

1.Determine the direction of movement of the ball if the i axis is due east.

2.Determine the combined force magnitude.

Answered by Harley Weston.
The force of a 5000 tonne lorry 2004-10-27
From Aaron:
A 50 tonne lorry is parked on a slope with a gradient of 4%. Due to the self weight of the lorry, what is the force

* acting down the slope
* acting normal (at right angles) to the slope

Answered by Penny Nom.
Two vector problems 2004-07-14
From Jaye:
Two force, 120lb and 200lb, act on a body and make a 52 degree angle w/ ea. other. What's the magnitude of the resultant of the forces and what is the measure, to the nearest degree, of the angle that it makes with the 200lb force?
Answered by Penny Nom.



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