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# Answer to Question #14628 in Mechanics | Relativity for CJ

Question #14628
The force vector A has a magnitude of 71.0 newtons (N) and points due east. The force vector B has a magnitude of 145 N and points 74.0 ° north of east. Find the (a) magnitude and (b) direction of A - B. (Give the direction as a positive angle with respect to due east). Find the (c) magnitude and (d) direction of B - A. (Give the direction as a positive angle with respect to due west).
Expert's answer
A = 71N i + 0N j
B = 145Ncos74 i + 145Nsin74 j = 40N i + 139N j

A - B = (71 - 40)N i - 139N j = 31N i - 139N j
R = &radic;(31&sup2; + 139&sup2;) = 142 N
&Theta; = tan-1(-139/31) = -77&ordm; = 283&ordm; w/r/t East (quadrant IV)

B - A = -31N i + 139 j
R = 142 N
&Theta; = -77&ordm; w/r/t West = 283&ordm; w/r/t West (quadrant II)

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