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Resultant force direction

  1. Jan 6, 2008 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    A 33 N force acts on an object at 30 degrees West of South while a 17 N force acts on the same object at 30 degrees North of West. What is the resultant force and direction.

    Force1= 33 N
    Force 2= 17 N

    2. Relevant equations

    Force diagram? Cos?

    3. The attempt at a solution

    I've been looking forever on the internet, in books but I really have no idea on this. I've tried stuff with cos and sin, though...But nothing worked...I know the answer is 37 N @ 57 degrees west of south. This is new material in my class so this is the first time I've tried to work a problem like this. I have no clue what to do!
    Last edited: Jan 6, 2008
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  3. Jan 7, 2008 #2


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    Are you comfortable with how to add vectors?
  4. Jan 7, 2008 #3
    I found force using Pythagorean, but still trying to find direction
  5. Jan 7, 2008 #4
    Use triangle law of vector addition or better still use the parallelogram method whose diagonal tells you the direction of the resultant:p\

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