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Posted by on Friday, June 11, 2010 at 12:22am.

An airplane is flying North with a velocity of 22 m/s. A strong wind is blowing East at 50 m/s. What is the airplane's resultant velocity (magnitude and direction)?

  • Physics HELP! - , Friday, June 11, 2010 at 2:10am

    Add the vectors. The air speed and wind speed are perpendicular. The resultant speed is the hypotenuse of the vector right triangle. Draw the triangle and you will see that the hypotenuse is in the direction of the resultant velocity.

    Are you sure about the 22 m/s airplane speed? Few planes fly that slow. It's only about 50 mph.

    I am willing to bet the airplane speed is supposed to be 220 m/s

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