March 1, 2015

Homework Help: Physics

Posted by Physics on Friday, September 18, 2009 at 9:18pm.

I gues I'm looking at this the wrong way i do not understand the work you do to get to the answer


Find the air velocity of a plane that must have a realtive ground velocity of 250.0 h^-1 km norht if it encounters a wind pushing it toward the northeast at 75 h^-1 km

The Work:

I do not follow it one bit...

Va = Vg - Vw
= 250 h^-1 km north - 75.0 h^-1 km northeast
= 250.0 h^-1 km north + 75.0 h^-1 km southwest
Va^2 = Vg^2 + Vw^2 - 2VgVw cos A
= (250.0 h^-1 km)^2 + (75.0 h^-1 km)^2 - 2(250.0 h^-1 km)(75.0 h^-1 km)(cos 45.0)
= 62 500 h^-2 km^2 + 5 625 h^-2 km^2 + 26 516 h^-2 km62
= 41 609 h^-2 km^2
Va = 204 h^-1 km
Vw/sin W = Va sin A
sin W = Vw sin A/Va
= (75 h^-1 km)(sin 45.0)/(204 h^-1 km)
= (75 h^-1 km)(.707)/(204 h^-1 km)
= 0.260
B = 15.1
Answer = 204 h^-1 km, 15.1 degrees west of north

ok i was lost on line 2 and three were the added and subtracted 75 with two different directions why are there two

line 3 were did this come from

- 2VgVw cos A


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