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 Nov 23rd 2009, 02:05 PM #1 Junior Member   Join Date: Nov 2009 Posts: 9 Vectors just would like to check a few question if im doing them right. thanks (a) Find by calculation, the horizontal and vertical components of a force 50N which is acting at 40degrees to the horizontal. 50sin40 = 32.1 50cos40 = 38.3 (b)the horizontal and vertical components of a force are respectively 20N and 30N calculate the magnitude and direction of the force. tan-1 = 20/ 30 = 33.7degreess?
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 Originally Posted by decoy808 just would like to check a few question if im doing them right. thanks (a) Find by calculation, the horizontal and vertical components of a force 50N which is acting at 40degrees to the horizontal. 50sin40 = 32.1 50cos40 = 38.3 (b)the horizontal and vertical components of a force are respectively 20N and 30N calculate the magnitude and direction of the force. tan-1 = 20/ 30 = 33.7degreess?
50sin(40) = vertical
50cos(40)= horizontal

Other way around on (b) tan^-1(30/20)=56.3 degrees

Note: when using tan^-1 always divide the vertical by the horizontal.

magnitude will be sq-rt (20^2+30^2) = 36.05 N

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 Originally Posted by decoy808 just would like to check a few question if im doing them right. thanks (a) Find by calculation, the horizontal and vertical components of a force 50N which is acting at 40degrees to the horizontal. 50sin40 = 32.1 50cos40 = 38.3 (b)the horizontal and vertical components of a force are respectively 20N and 30N calculate the magnitude and direction of the force.
Please explain how you went from the correct results you arrived at in part a to what you obtained in part b, which is incorrect.

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