Chapter 28, Problem 28PE

### College Physics

1st Edition
Paul Peter Urone + 1 other
ISBN: 9781938168000

Chapter
Section

### College Physics

1st Edition
Paul Peter Urone + 1 other
ISBN: 9781938168000
Textbook Problem

# When a missile is shot from one spaceship towards another, it leaves the first at 0.950c and approaches the other at 0.750c. What is the relative velocity of the two ships?

To determine

The relative speed of the ships.

Explanation

Given info:

• The missile sent by the first spaceship, directly towards second spaceship with speed 0.950â€‰c .
• The missile is approaching the second spaceship with speed 0.750â€‰c .

Formula used:

Formula to find the velocity of the missile relative to the second ship is.

â€ƒâ€ƒuâ€‰=â€‰u'+v1+vu'c2

Here, uâ€‰ is the velocity of the missile relative to the second ship, v relative velocity of the ships, u' is the velocity of the missile with respect the first ship and c is the speed of light

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