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Homework Help: How would I split this vector?

  1. Nov 10, 2014 #1
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    I'm doing a question on inclined planes and centripetal acceleration. I understand the question and what it's asking for, I'm just having trouble splitting F into it's x and y components and how 60 degrees related to it. Any help would be appreciated.
    I've drawn multiple diagrams I just can't figure out how to use the 60 degrees to find the x and y components, which would help me finished this question.
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  3. Nov 10, 2014 #2


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    The force makes 90 degree angle with the slope. F is the sum of a horizontal and vertical component, drawn according to vector addition. The purple angle is 60° (why?) So what is the blue angle?

  4. Nov 10, 2014 #3
    Ohh the Z pattern.
    Blue would be 30.

    OMG thank you. Not very good at geometry. :P
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