Question

A sandal is dropped from the top of a 15.0-m-high mast on a ship moving at 1.75 m/s due south. Calculate the velocity of the sandal when it hits the deck of the ship: (a) relative to the ship and (b) relative to a stationary observer on shore. (c) Discuss how the answers give a consistent result for the position at which the sandal hits the deck.

a) $17.1 \textrm{ m/s}$

b) $17.2 \textrm{ m/s, } 84.2^\circ \textrm{ below horizontal to the South}$

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