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Grade: 12th pass
        
To cross the river in shortest distance, a swimmer should swim making angle theta  with the upstream. What is
the ratio of the time taken to swim across in the shortest time to that in swimming across over shortest
distance. [Assume speed of swimmer in still water is greater than the speed of river flow]

 
2 years ago

Answers : (4)

Eshan
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2 years ago
Praveen
13 Points
							
t(shortest)=t1=d/v(sr)
t(shortest distance)=t2=d/v(sr)sin(theta)
=t1/t2= sin (theta)
Where d is width of river
one year ago
Tejaswi
15 Points
							
Answer is sin (theta)
 
As t shortest=t¹=d/v(sr)
T(shortest)=t²=d/v(sr) sin (theta)
=t¹/t²=sin (theta)
Where d is width of river
 
11 months ago
Kushagra Madhukar
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505 Points
							
Dear student,
Please find the solution to your problem.
 
Let the velocity of river be vr and velocity of swimmer be vsr
 
For the shortest time case-
Time taken to cross river, t1 = d/vsr
 
For shortest distance case-
Time taken to cross river, t2 = d/vsrcosθ
where θ is the angle made by swimmer w.r.t the direction normal to the direction of flow of river.
where cosθ = (vsr2 – vr2)1/2 /vsr
 
Hence, t1/t2 = cosθ = √(1 – (vr/vsr)2)
 
Thanks and regards,
Kushagra
 
17 days ago
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