What Formula Should I Use for Calculating Vector Components in Physics?

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In summary, the conversation is about a physics worksheet where the person has all the necessary information but is struggling with which formula to use for a force problem that involves finding the x and y components of acceleration and displacement. The other person suggests using the vector equation F=ma, which has components. The person confirms that they were given an F.
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I have a physics worksheet to do and i have all of the information for the problem, but i just can't figure out what formula to use. Right now we are working on force problems and the question says to find the x and y components of the acceleration. Then another question says to find the x and y components for the displacement. I am NOT asking for anything other than which possible formula to use for this problem. If i didn't write enough of the information, let me know and i will add it. Thank you if you can help me at all. It would be very much appreciated.
 
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F=ma is a vector equation. Are you given an F?
 
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yes, i was
 
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katie_08 said:
yes, i was
Well, vectors have components. There you go!
 

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