Posted by john on Friday, October 24, 2008 at 6:29pm.
An object acted on by three forces moves with constant velocity. One force acting on the object is in the positive x direction and has a positive magnitude of 6.7N; a second force has a magnitude of 4.6 N and points in the negative y direction. (1)"Find magnitude of the third force acting on the object.
(2) Find the direction of the third force acting on the object in terms of pheta=degrees from the + x direction.

physics  bobpursley, Friday, October 24, 2008 at 7:26pm
constant velocity means no net force. So add the three forces, and equal zero.
6.7x 4.6y + z=0
let z have two components, in the x direction, and the y direction.
then zx=6.7x
and zy=4.6y
but zx= ZcosTheta and zy=ZsinTheta
so ZcosTheta=6.7
ZsinTheta=4.6
which makes (dividing the first equation into the second)
tanTheta=.687
Theta=18034.5 degrees where theta is counterclockwise from the x axis.
Z sinTheta=4.6, so you can solve for Z 
physics  Henry, Wednesday, December 23, 2015 at 6:04pm
1,2. F1+F2+F3 = M*a = M*0 = 0.
6.7  4.6i + F3 = 0.
F3 = 6.7 + 4.6i = 8.13 N.[34.5o] N. of W. = 145.5o CCW from +xaxis.