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  1. Jan 22, 2006 #1

    I was wondering how do you solve for this problem?
    Yea, I thought about setting up a free body diagram but didn't didn't know which way to point the vectors.

    The problem is this:

    The force of on the sails of a sailboat is 390 N north.The water exerts a froce of 180 N east. If the boat (including) has a mass of 270 kg, what are the magintude and direction of its acceleration?

    Yep, can someone help me out. Please.

    lol k.
    : ].
    Last edited: Jan 22, 2006
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  3. Jan 22, 2006 #2


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    To find the resultant, draw a vector diagram of the vectors involve to make a right angled triangle so that they follow each other, i.e. the arrowhead of the first vector leads to the tail of the other. Then draw in the hyp and use pythag and trig to calculate the hyp giving you the resultant force.
  4. Jan 22, 2006 #3
    I still don't understand how you would solve it. Can you guide me through the steps?
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