1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data I have a problem in a statics class that asks to find the component of a force acting along an axis seen here http://i.imgur.com/aZ1vMIu.jpg?1. 2. Relevant equations 3. The attempt at a solution The book and my professor say to use the parallelogram rule and then use sine law to find the solution like this http://i.imgur.com/dipBfjq.jpg?1 , but I do not see why it should be done this way; I understand that the axis are tilted slightly but I would think in order to solve this problem you would still use a right triangle rather than the parallelogram rule like this http://i.imgur.com/3Pazp0l.jpg?1 and I can turn the force into a vector and then find the component of the force onto the axis and I get the same answer that I would if I used right triangles like this http://i.imgur.com/naGp3us.jpg?1 . Now I'm assuming my professor and the book are correct(even though I would love to prove them wrong) so why would I use a parallelogram instead of a right triangle? Also here is the answer in the back of the book http://i.imgur.com/5k4UaLC.jpg?1 .