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Homework Help: What additional force is needed to keep the object at rest?

  1. Sep 14, 2011 #1
    This is a problem from my Calculus class in the sections about vectors.

    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    Two forces F1 = 2i + 6j and F2 = 2i -2j act on an object. What additional force is needed to keep the object at rest?

    2. Relevant equations
    I'm not sure where to start.

    3. The attempt at a solution
    I know for the body to be at rest it has to equal 0.
    I've tried finding the displacement between the two given vectors which gives me <0, 81>. I'm not sure if that is even relevant. The only thing I really get right now is that something has to equal zero. I feel like this is an easy problem but I don't know where to get started..

    thanks in advance.
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  3. Sep 14, 2011 #2
    So we're looking for the third force F3, correct? Let's write it out as F3 = x i + y j + z k where x, y and z are unknown at this moment. (I'm assuming you're working in three dimensions, if you're only working in two, forget the "z k" term)

    Now think about what the 'only thing you really get right now' tells you about the relation between these three forces...
  4. Sep 14, 2011 #3
    You add them together and set them equal to zero and solve for xi and yj right? When I do that I get 0 for both x and y.
  5. Sep 14, 2011 #4
    The technique sounds right, I'm guessing you're making a math mistake

    can you type it out?
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