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Could someone check me on this?

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OK, I have four forces in equilibrium

F1 = 50i N

e2 = -0.485i + 0.485j - 0.728k
e3 = -0.557i + 0.743j + 0.371k
e4 = -0.371i - 0.743j + 0.557k

I need to find the magnitudes of F2,F3,and F4

I got F2 = 373.67 N (this might be a + or -, not sure, thinking +)
F3 = 346.43 N
F4 = 102.44 N

I used the equilibrium in each direction (x,y,z) and then I had three equations with three unknowns.

If someone could confirm that or tell me where I messed up, that would be great. Thanks!
 

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quasar987
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It's very tedious work to do manually. Hopefully for you, someone will check it using a math program. I suggest you get one of those and learn how to use it. Very usefull to check answers like this one.
 
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I have Mathematica, but I don't know how I would check it on there. Any thoughts?
 
mukundpa
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If the body is in equilibrium under the action of no. of forces, then sum of their components in x,y and z direction separately is zero.

If the force is given in the form
F = Fx i + Fy j +Fz k then it means the Fx , Fy, Fz are components in the corresponding direction and the magnitude is given by sqrt(Fx^2 + Fy^2 + Fz^2)
need not to solve the equations if the values are given.
 
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quasar987
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He doesn't know the magnitude of F_2, F_3 and F_4. He known everything about F_1 and only the direction for the other 3. The directions are given by the unit vectors e_i.
 
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I solved the problem, I had a bunch of sign errors, but I fixed them.

I used matlab to check it, but that was wrong. No worries, I am just saying.
 

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