Problem: A river flows from south to north at 5.0 km/h . On this river, a boat is heading east to west perpendicular to the current at 8.5 km/h .As viewed by an eagle hovering at rest over the shore, how fast is this boat traveling?What direction is this boat traveling?

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A river flows from south to north at 5.0 km/h . On this river, a boat is heading east to west perpendicular to the current at 8.5 km/h .

As viewed by an eagle hovering at rest over the shore, how fast is this boat traveling?

What direction is this boat traveling?

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