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Kinematics – Swimmer in river with current, find distance downstream

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Solutions: Option B

Without the current in the river, the time taken for the swimmer to reach Q is 50s. This is based on the vertical constant speed of 1.2 m/s and veritcal (width of river) distance.

With the current, which is constant 1.0 m/s, the swimmer will be drifted downstream. But the time taken to reach R from P is still 50s. So with the same 50s, you can calculate the horizontal distance based on the horizontal current speed of 1.0 m/s.

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