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.