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#1 2012-11-22 04:35:43

Registered: 2012-11-16
Posts: 13

Understanding boat-river problem

Today while solving a boat / river problem, I wasn't convinced of vector drawing to find velocities. I was thinking of force acting on the boat which affects its position and velocity. But I couldn't think clearly of FORCE equation to find displacement, accelerations etc. Please help me. Assume river velocity : VR, Boat still water velocity : VB, Distance from Point A to B = D (straight distance from bank to bank). Now please explain how to find position of the boat in the form r = f(Ө) .


#2 2012-11-22 04:39:27

bob bundy
Registered: 2010-06-20
Posts: 7,525

Re: Understanding boat-river problem

If the boat is driven by the current then there's no force relative to the stream.  I would stick to velocities.


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