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Homework Help: Calculating acceleration in X and y direction

  1. Oct 10, 2012 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    What will the Acceleration be in the x-direction and the y-direction if there is a 35.3 N force pulling on a 3.8kg object at a 23.8 Degree angle to the horizontal?

    2. Relevant equations

    3. The attempt at a solution
    I tried to do simply put f=ma and do 35.3=3.8kg * A.
    but that gave me the wrong answer. What did I do wrong?
  2. jcsd
  3. Oct 10, 2012 #2
    First, remember that Fnet is a vector, so you have to consider both the horizontal and vertical components that make up the net force, and the 22.8 degree angle you have is going to affect the magnitude of your components. Hopefully this helps, and don't forget to make an FBD.
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