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Homework Help: Coordinate (1,-2), angle of intersection thru origin?

  1. Oct 17, 2008 #1
    I'm trying to do a simple electric field due to point charges problem, but I'm stuck on a very simple detail. There are a number of point charges on an xy plane, and one of the point charges is at the cooridinate (1,-2). I need to figure out which angle a line drawn from this point to the origin would make with the x axis to do the problem, but can't figure it out! I'm sure as soon as someone tells me the answer I'll remember how to find it; it's just a simple geometry problem!:grumpy:

    Can anyone help? I can do the rest of the problem, its just this one snag that has me held up.
  2. jcsd
  3. Oct 17, 2008 #2
    Nevermind, I figured it out. I just set up a triangle along the axes to figure out the angle and the distance. Should have thought about this one more... Feel free to delete mods...
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