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A swimmer is capable of swimming 0.60 m/s in still water.

  1. If she aims her body directly across a 45-m-wide river whose current is 0.50 m/s, how far downstream (from a point opposite her starting point) will she land?
  2. How long will it take her to reach the other side?

Source: Giancoli, Douglas C., Physics: Principles with Applications, 7th Edition, 2014.

Quick Answer: 
  1. $75\textrm{ s}$
  2. $38\textrm{ m}$

Giancoli 7th Edition, Chapter 3, Problem 46


Chapter 3, Problem 46 is solved.

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For part a, why do we use the current velocity and not the resultant velocity to solve how far downstream she will land?

Hi aheumangutman, "downstream" is the "x-direction" in the video. In order to know displacement in that direction (which is the "x-component" of the resultant displacement), we need to use the velocity along that direction. This is the "x-component" of the resultant velocity, but there's no need to do calculations for this "x-component" since the x-component is the speed of the current. In order to find the displacement along a certain direction, we need to know the velocity only along that direction.

Hope that helps,
Mr. Dychko