# Setting up Forces: Finding Theta of F2

• whynot314

#### whynot314

I am curious if I am setting this problem up right.

Three forces act on the bracket. Determine the magnitdue and direction theta of F2 so that the resultant force is directed along the positive u axis and has a magnitude of 50lb.

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This is how i set it up. If this set up is correct I am having trouble evluating the tan(25+theta) part. If there is an easier way please help.

sorry for the verticle photo.

I am curious if I am setting this problem up right.

Three forces act on the bracket. Determine the magnitdue and direction theta of F2 so that the resultant force is directed along the positive u axis and has a magnitude of 50lb.

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This is how i set it up. If this set up is correct I am having trouble evluating the tan(25+theta) part. If there is an easier way please help.
You could use the angle sum identity for tangent: ##\displaystyle \ \tan(\alpha + \beta) = \frac{\tan \alpha + \tan \beta}{1 - \tan \alpha \tan \beta}\ .##

But I think it would be better to solve for tan(25° + θ), then take the arctan of both sides to get a numerical result for 25° + θ . (Make sure that's in degrees.) Subtract 25° from that.

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ahhhhh ok thanks, ill try this in the morning.