Posted by Anonymous on Monday, May 2, 2011 at 4:07pm.
An airplane heads due south with an air speed of 480km/h. Measurements made from the ground indicate that the plane's ground speed is 528km/h at 15 degrees east of south. Calculate the wind speed.

Calculus/Vectors  Reiny, Monday, May 2, 2011 at 4:30pm
make a sketch with O the origin
OP = 480 and south along the yaxis.
draw OR as the resultant of length 528 and angle POR = 15°
Complete the parallogram with OQ =PR and QR = OP
by cosine law:
PR^2 = 480^2 + 528^2 + 2(480)(528)cos15°
PR = 139.9125
So the wind speed is 139.9 km/h

Calculus/Vectors  Anonymous, Tuesday, May 3, 2011 at 8:59am
so by using that formula for cosine i somehow still can't get the right answer :(
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