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You're in an airplane that flies horizontally with speed 860 km/h (240 m/s ) when an engine falls off. Neglecting air resistance, assume it takes 26 s for the engine to hit the ground.

Hight of airplane is:
H = 3.3 km

horizontal distance that the aircraft engine falls:
d = 6.2 km

If the airplane somehow continues to fly as if nothing had happened, what is the distance between the engine and the airplane at the moment the engine hits the ground?
Express your answer to two significant figures and include the appropriate units.

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  1. Vo = 860km/h = 240 m/s. = Hor. speed.

    d = Vo * T = 0. 240km/s * 26s = 6.2 km.

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  2. I gave the hor. distance. Maybe this is what they want:
    d = sqrt(6.2^2 + 3.3^2) = 7.0 km.

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