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Raymond A. Serway + 1 other
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Raymond A. Serway + 1 other
ISBN: 9781305952300
Textbook Problem

As an apple tree is transported by a truck moving to the right with a constant velocity, one of its apples shakes loose and falls toward the bed of the truck. Of the curves shown in Figure CQ3.13, (i) which best describes the path followed by the apple as seen by a stationary observer on the ground, who observes the truck moving from his left to his right? (ii) Which best describes the path as seen by an observer sitting in the truck?

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Figure CQ3.13

(i)

To determine
The path followed by the apple as seen by a stationary observer when the apple falls from the tree towards the bed of the truck moving right.

Explanation

As the truck is moving towards the right with a velocity, the apple that came loose acquires the same initial velocity as the velocity of the truck. So, the observer on the ground sees the apple as a projectile motion towards the left.

Conclusion:

The stationary observer s...

(ii)

To determine
The path followed by the apple; as seen by an observer sitting inside the truck when the apple falls from the tree towards the bed of the truck moving right.

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