posted by Sarah on .
Two dogs pull horizontally on ropes attached to a post; the angle problem 1 between the ropes is 60.0 degrees. If dog A exerts a force of 270N and dog B exerts a force of 300N find the magnitude of the resultant force and the angle it makes with dog A's rope.
You have a SAS triangle problem. You need the third side, and an angle.
Draw this out in a head to tail vector on vector.
one vector 270 at zero degrees (dogA). Next, starting at the end of that vector, a 300N at 60 deg upward (the angle then in the triangle is 120 deg).
First, the length of the other side:
Law of cosines..
you know a, b find R
Then the angle between the dogA and the resultant.
where the opposite side in this triangle is 300
solve for the angle.
F = 270[0o] + 300[60o]
F = 270+300*Cos60 + 300*sin60=420+259.8i
F = 31.74o above dog A.