A fisherman sets out upstream on a river. His small boat, powered by an outboard motor, travels at a constant speed v in still water. The water flows at a lower constant speed vw. The fisherman has traveled upstream for 2.04 km when his ice chest falls out of the boat. He notices that the chest is missing only after he has gone upstream for another 14.4 minutes. At that point, he turns around and heads back downstream, all the time traveling at the same speed relative to the water. He catches up with the floating ice chest just as he returns to his starting point. How fast is the river flowing
MIT 8.01 Physics I Classical Mechanics, Fall 1999
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