Chapter 28, Problem 29PE

### 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

# What is the relative velocity of two spaceships if one fires a missile at the other at 0.750c and the other observes it to approach at 0.950c?

To determine

The relative speed of the two spaceships.

Explanation

Given info:

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