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A flat cushion of mass m is released from rest at the corner of the roof of a building, at height h. A wind blowing along the side of the building exerts a constant horizontal force of magnitude F on the cushion as it drops as shown in the figure below. The air exerts no vertical force.If the cushion is thrown downward with a non zero speed, what is the shape of its path and why?

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A flat cushion of mass m is released from rest at the corner of the roof of a building, at height h. A wind blowing along the side of the building exerts a constant horizontal force of magnitude F on the cushion as it drops as shown in the figure below. The air exerts no vertical force.

If the cushion is thrown downward with a non zero speed, what is the shape of its path and why?

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Acceleration along horizontal direction is,

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Step 2

Horizontal displacement is,

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2x 2xm (Using step 1 F Il

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Acceleration along verti...

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