Student Question

A dog pulls on a pillow with a force of 7.3 N at an angle of 29.4◦ above the horizontal. What are the x and y components of this force?

 

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The components of vectors are given by

Fx = Fcos(theta)

Fy = Fsin(theta)

Fx = 7.3N*cos(29.4) = 6.36 N (or 6.4N to two significant digits)

Fy = 7.3N*sin(29.4) =  3.58 N (or 3.6N to two significant digits)

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