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jfeyen

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## Homework Statement

A flea jumps by exerting a force of 1.20 X 10

^{-5}N straight down on the ground. A breeze blowing on the flea parallel to the ground exerts a force of 0.500 X 10

^{-6}N on the flea. Find the direction and magnitude of the acceleration of the flea if its mass is 6.00 X 10

^{-7}kg. Do not neglect the force of gravity.

## Homework Equations

a= net F / m

w=mg

## The Attempt at a Solution

I went ahead and found the weight of the flea by multiplying its mass times gravity (6X10

^{-7})(9.8)= 5.88X10

^{-6}N which I'm assuming will be figured into the net F, but I'm not sure exactly where to go from here. Does weight need to be subtracted from the force of the flea on the ground and the force of the breeze on the flea? or does the weight and the force of the flea need to be subtracted from the force of the breeze? am I on the wrong track all together?? Do I need to somehow break it down into x and y components.. in which case I'm more lost than I thought. :)

Also, I suppose the weight needs to be figured into the direction? I tried tan

^{-1}(.5X10

^{-6}/1.2X10

^{-5}) for an angle of 2.39

^{o}but the answer in the back of the book is 4.68

^{o}so obviously I don't know what I'm doing.

Thank you in advance for any help :)