An airplane has a speed of 300km/h and is headed due west. A wind is blowing from the south at 50km/h. Determine the resultant velocity of the airplane. answer: 304.14km/h, W9.46N How do I draw the position diagram? I'm getting confused because of the wind direction..

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An airplane has a speed of 300km/h and is headed due west. A wind is blowing from the south at 50km/h. Determine the resultant velocity of the airplane. answer: 304.14km/h, W9.46N How do I draw the position diagram? I'm getting confused because of the wind direction..

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add vectors?
<-300,0> + <0,-50>
t <-300,-50> = position vector; t = scalar factor for time

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from the south; lol
<-300,50> then
tan^-1(-5/30) gets direction; add
Yes, I know that I have to add the vectors but how would the position diagram look like? I would draw the plane going west, but would the wind approach the airplane from the tail or the head? :S
from the left
plane headed west; wind from the south; hits it on the left side right?
So the wind vector is below the plane? (if that makes sense lol)
yes; but draw your plane by looking down on it; like from a satellite
if your headed down the road and someone tries to cross the road; if they hit you on the side of your car correct?
Yes, that's right
But when I draw it, I don't know how to the resultant velocity would look like because the wind and plane vector aren't tail to tail..
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add the wind to the nose of the plane to add them together
vectors arent anchored by anthing; they move around and we actually pick an equal vector that is located at the nose of the plane to add them
a vector is defined as magnitude and direction; there is nothing in the definition of a vector that states 'from a certain place'; is there?
Oh I see. I shouldn't limit myself to much lol. Well, thanks amistre, now I understand :)
yw :)

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