# relative velocity

• Jun 13th 2008, 08:08 PM
checkmarks
relative velocity
a plane is seen to travel in a direction [S30 degreesW]. If its ground velocity was 300 km/h and the wind speed is 150 km/h south, what is the plane's velocity relative to the air?
• Jun 13th 2008, 09:23 PM
earboth
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Originally Posted by checkmarks
a plane is seen to travel in a direction [S30 degreesW]. If its ground velocity was 300 km/h and the wind speed is 150 km/h south, what is the plane's velocity relative to the air?

Let denote the vector $\displaystyle \overrightarrow{OW}$ the plane's velocity and direction through the air, the vector $\displaystyle \overrightarrow{OP}$ the plane's velocity and course over ground and $\displaystyle \overrightarrow{OS}$ the velocity and direction of the wind.

Then $\displaystyle |\overrightarrow{OW} | = |\overrightarrow{PS}|$

Use Cosine rule to calculate the length of $\displaystyle \overline{PS}$

I've got $\displaystyle |\overrightarrow{OW} |= |\overrightarrow{PS} | \approx 185.897\ \frac{km}{h}$