Alright, this is the problem:(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});

Three astronauts, propelled by jet backpacks, push and guide a 120 kg asteroid toward a processing dock, exerting the forces shown in Fig. 5-31, with F1 = 31 N, F2 = 34 N, F3 = 27 N, angle 1 = 27°, and angle 3 = 52°. What is the asteroid's acceleration (a) in unit-vector notation and as (b) a magnitude and (c) a direction relative to the positive direction of the x axis?

I'm trying to understand how to apply Fnet = ma here.

I tried getting the components for the magnitudes 31, 34, and 27, then dividing the net components for x and y by the mass, but that doesn't give the correct answer. What am I doing wrong?

**Physics Forums | Science Articles, Homework Help, Discussion**

Dismiss Notice

Join Physics Forums Today!

The friendliest, high quality science and math community on the planet! Everyone who loves science is here!

The friendliest, high quality science and math community on the planet! Everyone who loves science is here!

# Trouble with a basic Force problem

**Physics Forums | Science Articles, Homework Help, Discussion**