Posted by Jane on Monday, July 5, 2010 at 2:40pm.
An airplane flies 200 km due west from city A to city B and then 240 km in the direction of 31.0° north of west from city B to city C.
(a) In straightline distance, how far is city C from city A?
(b) Relative to city A, in what direction is city C?

College Physics  Damon, Monday, July 5, 2010 at 2:51pm
Law of cosines
b^2 = a^2+c^22ac cos B
b^2 = 240^2 + 200^2 2(240)(200)cos(18031)
solve for b which is distance from A to C
then law of sines
sin A/240 = sin(18031)/b
solve for angle A

College Physics  Anonymous, Saturday, October 23, 2010 at 4:39pm
As a sailboat sails 59.0 m due north, a breeze exerts a constant force 1 on the boat's sails. This force is directed at an angle west of due north. A force 2 of the same magnitude directed due north would do the same amount of work on the sailboat over a distance of just 36.0 m. What is the angle between the direction of the force 1 and due north?

College Physics  Cory, Wednesday, October 19, 2011 at 11:45pm
because it says the two forces do the same amount of work, you can tell that the two distances given are the hypotenuse and leg of a right triangle. after that it's just a matter of taking the inverse cos of adjacent/hypotenuse
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