Question

A man wants to reach point B on the opposite bank of a river flowing at a speed. What minimum speed relative to water should the man have so that he can reach point B. In which direction should he swim?

Solution

Correct option is

 

Let v be the speed of boatman in still water.

Resultant of v and u should be along AB. Components of  along x and y direction are.

          

          

v is minimum at

          

               .

 

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