The basic laws of mass, energy, and momentum conservation are applied to a novel wind‐driven water craft. The resulting analysis is an instructive application of these laws, suitable as an undergraduate physics exercise. We find a critical condition which must be met before the boat will accelerate against the wind, and we also obtain expressions for calculating the final speed.
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B. L. Blackford; The physics of a push‐me pull‐you boat. Am. J. Phys. 1 October 1978; 46 (10): 1004–1006. https://doi.org/10.1119/1.11415
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