Conceptual Physics (12th Edition)

Published by Addison-Wesley
ISBN 10: 0321909100
ISBN 13: 978-0-32190-910-7

Chapter 6 - Think and Explain: 64

Answer

Had you jumped from a very massive ship, or a platform that was fixed in place, you would have made it. Instead, you jumped from a canoe whose mass was comparable to your own, and which therefore recoiled at roughly the same speed that you moved forward. Jumping from this backward-moving platform reduced your forward velocity, giving you a refreshing dip.
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