1. ## Resolving forces

Hey guys,
Question: A mass of 2.6 kg is maintained in equilibrium in a vertical plane by forces of 5P N and 12P N (where P is an unknown constant) which are perpendicular.
5P is at an angle $\alpha$ from the vertical.
Find the value of $\alpha$ and the value of the constant P.

So 12p is at an angle of $90-\alpha$ from the vertical. (My reasoning)

Resolving vertically I get: $5p\cos \alpha + 12p\sin \alpha =26$
And horizontally: $12p\cos \alpha = 5p\sin \alpha$

After that I'm stuck, simultaneous equations I presume.

2. Originally Posted by elieh
Hey guys,
Question: A mass of 2.6 kg is maintained in equilibrium in a vertical plane by forces of 5P N and 12P N (where P is an unknown constant) which are perpendicular.
5P is at an angle $\alpha$ from the vertical.
Find the value of $\alpha$ and the value of the constant P.

So 12p is at an angle of $90-\alpha$ from the vertical. (My reasoning)

Resolving vertically I get: $5p\cos \alpha + 12p\sin \alpha =26$
And horizontally: $12p\cos \alpha = 5p\sin \alpha$

After that I'm stuck, simultaneous equations I presume.
from the second equation you get the value of $\tan \alpha =12/5$. hence $\sin \alpha=12/13$ and $\cos \alpha = 5/13$ (why?).
substitute in above.

3. didn't see that!
Thank you!