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Problem 25 Medium Difficulty

Spaceship $A$ moves away from Earth at a speed of 0.800$c$ (Fig. P 26.25 ). Spaceship $B$ pursues at a speed of 0.900 c relative to Earth. Observers on Earth see $B$ overtaking $A$ at a relative speed of 0.100$c .$ With what speed is $B$ overtaking $A$ as seen by the crew of spaceship $B$ ?

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0.357$c$

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