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Adding three vectors, why is this not right?

  1. Sep 23, 2012 #1
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    A=47.2 at 54.3deg above the x axis, B= 23.5 at 34.4 above the -x axis, C=30.5 along the -y axis.

    A+B+C=(Ax+Bx+Cx)+(Ay+By+Cy) = R


    R=√(Rx2+Ry2) = 22.63

    θ=tan-1Ry/Rx = 68.9deg


    I just thought of the possibility that c may be at 90 deg instead of 270. As in pointing upwards along the neg y axis. Is there something i missed?
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  3. Sep 23, 2012 #2

    PhanthomJay

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    What values and signs are you getting for the x and y components of the three vectors? C points down with a magnitude of 30.5.
     
  4. Sep 23, 2012 #3
    Ax=Acosθ=47.2cos(54.3) = 27.5

    Ay=Asinθ=47.2sin(54.3) = 38.3

    Bx=Bcosθ=23.5cos(180-34.4) = -19.4

    By=Bsinθ=23.5sin(180-34.4)= 13.3

    Cx=Ccosθ=30.5cos(270)=0

    Cy=Csinθ=30.5sin(270)=-30.5

    Rx= 27.5-19.4+0=8.1
    Ry=38.3+13.3-30.5=21.1


    R=√(8.12)+(21.12)=22.6

    θ=tan-1(21.1/8.1)=68.9deg

    Ive tried rounding to different numbers of decimal places and not rounding till the end but I still had no success and I dont know why.
     
  5. Sep 23, 2012 #4

    Dick

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    The problem doesn't say to find A+B+C. It says to find A-B+C.
     
  6. Sep 23, 2012 #5
    hahaha thanks!
     
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