(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); 1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

A kite string exerts a 12-lb pull (|F|) on a kite and makes a 45 degree angle with the horizontal. Find the horizontal and vertical components of F.

2. Relevant equations

Pythagorean

3. The attempt at a solution

12*sqrt(2) for both horizontal and negative

My question is whether to assign a positive or negative to either value? It seems that either could work with the limited assumptions in the question? Or would it be more appropriate for the y force to be negative?

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# Homework Help: Kite string force, negative or positive>

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