Car leaps a River - YF - Chapter 3 Problem 13
From the wonderful book Young and Freedman university physics Chapter 3 - Motion in Two or Three Dimensions - Projectile Motion Leaping the River I. A car traveling on a level horizontal road comes to a bridge during a storm and finds the bridge washed out. The driver must get to the other side, so he decides to try leaping it with his car. The side of the road the car is on is 21.3 m above the river, while the opposite side is a mere 1.8 m above the river. The river itself is a raging torrent 61.0 m wide. (a) How fast should the car be traveling at the time it leaves the road in order just to clear the river and land safely on the opposite side? (b) What is the speed of the car just before it lands on the other side?