# Finding the resultant force on the block

1. Aug 8, 2012

### ameliapond

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
Hi all, ive been given a question for homework and im not 100% sure how to do it exactly!
I have included a diagram or the situation

2. Relevant equations
The question is Find the resultant force on the block (picture attached)

3. The attempt at a solution
What i did was, split it into 2 right angled triangles and used trig to determine the resultant force. do i add the two together to get the resultant force?

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2. Aug 8, 2012

### CWatters

If adding vectors at right angles you can use pythagorous

c2 = a2 +b2

to work out the magnitude.

Try drawing the 20N vector as if it was attached to the other end of the 48N vector.

3. Aug 8, 2012

### ameliapond

so the resultant is the line that would connect the two vectors?

4. Aug 8, 2012

### Staff: Mentor

As you have drawn them, the tail of one is connected to the tail of the other.