# Easy but im stuck!

1. Jan 13, 2009

hello i am stuck on the following:

A=cos(-20)-K1-K2cos(-20)+K3

K1=3.825
K2=2.295
K3=2.514

A should equal 2.922 but somehow i cant get it to equal that i have tried using my calc in radians and degrees mode but neither come out with the right answer please help me!

2. Jan 13, 2009

### mgb_phys

The angles are almost certainly in degrees from their size.
I suspect that you (or the calculator) are doing the sums in the wrong order.
Write down each term as a number.
then remember the order:
Brackets
Division
Multiplication
Subtraction

ps. Have you copied it down correctly, I get -2.52
cos(20) is roughly 1 so you have A=k3-(k1+k2) = 3.8-4.8 which is negative

Last edited: Jan 13, 2009
3. Jan 13, 2009

### HallsofIvy

Are there parentheses in the problem that you didn't include here?

4. Jan 13, 2009

hello again well another part of it is that

B=-2sin(-20) and B=1.826

which is right you see this equation and the other one are to do with a 4 bar mechanism

also i have put the correct value -20 for the equations because original the equations are
A=cos(theta2)-K1-K2cos(theta2)+K3
and
B=-2sin(theta2)

theta 2 is -20.

5. Jan 14, 2009

### mathman

Something doesn't look right. Sin(theta2)=-.913. Therefore theta2 = -66 or -114 (deg.)

6. Jan 14, 2009