Problem 15.8: Boats in a flowing river

Please wait for the animation to completely load.

The animation shows an overhead view of two boats loosely moored to the banks of a river (position is given in meters). Restart.

  1. Explain why the boats move together as seen in the animation.
  2. If instead of a left-to-right flow of the river, the river water flowed from right to left, how would the animation change?

Problem authored by Anne J. Cox.

Physlets were developed at Davidson College and converted from Java to JavaScript using the SwingJS system developed at St. Olaf College.

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