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Find the components of a unit vector

  1. Jan 22, 2013 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data


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    -Basic geometry
    -Similar triangles (?)
    -Pythagorean Theorem

    3. The attempt at a solution

    -I need to find the angle the bar AB makes with the horizontal, correct? And with that, I will be able to figure out the components for the unit vector...
    -I'm stuck at where exactly to start. I feel as though there are generalizations I am not making that are necessary to begin....
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  3. Jan 22, 2013 #2


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    Draw a picture of the curved bar and lay out the straight bar as shown on the diagram. Can you figure out the components of the vector AB? Remember the length of AB is given.
  4. Jan 22, 2013 #3

    rude man

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    Draw a line from the origin to B. You know this distance, right? So you have all 3 sides of a triangle & from that you can determine your angle using law of cosines.
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