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A rescue plane wants to drop supplies to isolated mountain climbers on a rocky ridge 235 m below. Assume the plane is traveling horizontally with a speed of 195 km/h (54.2 m/s).
Suppose, instead, that the plane releases the supplies a horizontal distance of 425 m in advance of the mountain climbers. What vertical velocity (up or down) should the supplies be given so that they arrive precisely at the climbers' position (assume up is positive).
With what speed do the supplies land in the latter case?

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    425 = 54.2 t
    t = 7.84 seconds in air

    h = ho + Vi t - 4.9 t^2
    -235 = Vi (7.84) - 4.9 (7.84)^2
    -235 = 7.84 Vi - 301
    Vi = 8.45 m/s up
    ------------------------------
    Horizontal speed = 54.2 always
    find vertical speed at rocks
    v = Vi - g t
    v = 8.45 - 9.8 (7.84)
    v = -68.4
    so speed = sqrt (54.2^2 + 68.4^2)

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