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Find the x, y, and z components of the vector

  1. Sep 18, 2009 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    Find the x, y, and z components of the vector A shown in the figure , given that A = 65 m.

    A link to the image: http://img401.imageshack.us/i/asdasp.jpg/

    3. The attempt at a solution

    Y Component: 65m*cos(35) = 53.24m

    Z Component: 65m*cos(55) = 37.28m

    I think these two are right, but I don't have a clue how to solve for the X component.
     
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  3. Sep 18, 2009 #2

    rl.bhat

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    Your Z component is correct.
    The other component 65m*cos(35) the component of A on the x-y plane.
    From this component find the x and y components.
     
  4. Sep 18, 2009 #3
    Do you think you could give me just a little nudge in the right direction? I can't figure out how to go from here.
     
  5. Sep 18, 2009 #4

    rl.bhat

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    65m*cos(35) is the component of A on the x-y plane.
    This component makes 35 degrees with the x-axis.
    Hence its component on x axis is 65m*cos(35)*cos(35)
    and on y-axis is 65m*cos(35)*sin(35)
     
  6. Sep 18, 2009 #5
    Okay, I understand everything now, thanks so much for the help!
     
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