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Homework Help: Free body Diagram/ Homework

  1. Oct 8, 2009 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    a person is exerting 300 newton force on the handle of a shovel that makes an angle of 60 deg with the horizontal ground. the component of the 300 newtion force that acts perpendicular to the ground is apporximately what?
    possible answers+ 350N 150N 260N 300N

    2. Relevant equations


    3. The attempt at a solution
    not really an attempt but 260N because the resultant would be longer than the component if you can give the Equation i could probly figure it out.
  2. jcsd
  3. Oct 8, 2009 #2
    It's just setting up trigonometric relations between the parallel/perpendicular components. The 300N force will form the "hypotenuse" of this right triangle.
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