November 26, 2015

Homework Help: physics

Posted by Jessi on Saturday, October 10, 2009 at 1:16am.

A meteor P is tracked by a radar observatory on the earth at O. When the meteor is directly overhead (theta = 90), the following observations are recorded: r = 80km, r'= -20km/s, and theta'= 0.4rad/s. (a) Determine the speed of hte meteor and the angle, beta, which it's velocity vector makes with the horizontal. (b) Repeat with the same given quantities except that theta = 75.

Ok so I have no problem calculating the velocity. I got 37.7 km/s for both parts a and b because the angle changing wouldn't effect the magnitude of the velocity. My problem is that I can't figure out how to get beta.

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