physics
posted by Jacob on .
The following forces act on a hockey puck (round, rubber disk) sitting on a frictionless surface: F_1 = 12 N at 15 degrees; F_2 = 28 N at 125 degrees; and F_3 = 33.3 N at 235 degrees. All the forces are in the plane of the ice. Determine the net force on the puck.

Net force= sum of all.
First, net force at 0 degrees
F@0=12cos15+28cos125+33.3cos235
calculate those, and add.
Then, the forces at 90 deg
F@90=12sin15+28sin125+33.3sin235
calculate, and sum.
Net force= sum of those two forces.
I like to do it this way.
1) angle=arctan F@0/F@90
2) magnitude= F@0/cos(angle)
check that logic.