Problem: In , Yvette and Zack are driving down the freeway side by side with their windows down. Zack wants to toss his physics book out the window and have it land in Yvettes front seat.Ignoring air resistance, should he direct his throw outward and toward the front of the car (throw 1), straight outward (throw 2), or outward and toward the back of the car (throw 3)?

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In The figure shows Zack and Yvette driving two cars side by side in the same direction. Three vectors, labelled as 1,2 and 3, are pointing out Zack’s window and toward Yvette’s car at varying angles. Vector 1 points slightly forward in the direction of travel. Vector 2 points straight toward Yvette’s car window perpendicular to the car’s direction. Vector 3 points slightly backwards in the direction of travel., Yvette and Zack are driving down the freeway side by side with their windows down. Zack wants to toss his physics book out the window and have it land in Yvettes front seat.

Ignoring air resistance, should he direct his throw outward and toward the front of the car (throw 1), straight outward (throw 2), or outward and toward the back of the car (throw 3)?

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