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Homework Help: Direction of resultant force

  1. May 1, 2016 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    i am confused about the direction of resultant force . in the working ,it's clear that the author taking to the right as positive ,
    for the force component along x-axis , we have -Fx , but , in the calclulation , we gt positive 32230N , so the resultant force of x-component is to the left(32230N ) , am i correct ?

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  3. May 1, 2016 #2
    The author is taking Fx to be positive if the force is pointing is the negative x direction.
  4. May 1, 2016 #3
    ia my idea correct / the resultant force act to the left ?
  5. May 1, 2016 #4
    In vector terms, the x component of the force ##\vec{F}## is taken to be ##-F_x\vec{i}_x##, where ##\vec{i}_x## is the unit vector in the positive x direction.
  6. May 1, 2016 #5
    is my idea correct ? the resultant force act to the left ?
  7. May 1, 2016 #6
    Yes. It is positive to the left.
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