Other Force problem

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Other Force problem !!!

Homework Statement



Two forces act on a 3.1 kg mass, which undergoes acceleration a = 0.88 i - 0.28 j m/s2. If one of the forces is F1 = - 1.5 i - 3.0 j N, what is the other force?

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I don't know how to visualize this !!!!


The Attempt at a Solution



I know two component add to Force but I cant visualize. I know vectors as :
F2 = ( 0.88 i - 0.28 j) * 3.1 which is 4th quadrant and F1 will be 3rd quadrant but how i can visualize it !!
 

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BruceW
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yep. One force is a vector which goes to the third quandrant, and the total vector is in the fourth quadrant. So how to get from the third quadrant to the fourth quadrant? maybe it is simpler than you are thinking.
 
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Ok how do you know thats total vector ?
 
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BruceW
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well, you got it by multiplying mass times acceleration, so by definition, that is the total force vector.
 
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Cause... thats where i was gettin tricked.
 
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SteamKing
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Well, did you try making a sketch?
 

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