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Help with force problem

  1. Nov 30, 2006 #1
    A 350KG sailboat has an acceleration of 0.62m/s^2 at an angle of 64 degrees north of east. Find the magnitude and direction of the net force that acts on the sailboat.

    I drew out the diagram, but it's just not coming to me.

    Thanks for any help
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  3. Nov 30, 2006 #2


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    Thread moved to the homework forums. neonerd, your homework questions need to be posted in the homework forums, and they need to follow the format of the homework posting template. Like the following. Please re-phrase your question into these categories and add the equations that are asked for. Then we can give you lots of help.

  4. Nov 30, 2006 #3
    A) Remember Newton's 2nd law: The acceleration of an object is in the direction of the net force acting on it, is directly proportional to the net force, and inversely proportional to the mass of the object.

    B) The formula for Newton's 2nd law is: FNET=ma

    This should help you figure out how to solve the problem.
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