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Two forces, 422 N at 21◦ (above horizontal) and 256 N at 31◦ (below horizontal) are

applied to a car in an effort to accelerate it.

Find the direction of the resultant force

(in relation to forward, with counterclock-

wise considered positive, with −180◦ < <

+180◦).

Answer in units of ◦.

2. Relevant equations

3. The attempt at a solution

I found the resultant from previous question.

My resultant=613.711888 N

My x component of R=+613.405769

My y component of R=+19.3815275

Arctan (y/x)=arctan (19.3815275/613.405769)=1.809749

My teaching assistant told me that my angle should be negative, but both of my resultant vector components lie in quadrant one, so shouldn't my resulting angle be positive as well?

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# Homework Help: Vector of forces problem

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