Can someone PLEASE help with this physics questions?
The figure shows two vectors B and C, along with their magnitudes and directions. The vector D is given by D = B - C
A) What is the magnitude of vector D?
B) What angle does vector D make with the +x axis (give the angle between 0o and 360o)?
THANKS SO MUCH
- Andrew SmithLv 73 months agoFavorite Answer
B-C = B +(-C) so picture the arrow C reversed in direction and added to B. You should draw this. Mathematically you calculate the x components and the y components.
Dx = 6 sin(53) + 4 cos(32)
Dy = 6 cos(53) + 4 sin(32)
Now combine them using Pythagoras' theory. D = sqrt( Dx^2+Dy^2)
To get the angle you will note that it is down and to the left. The angle from the x axis is found by tan(theta) = Dy/Dx ie theta = atan(Dy/Dx)