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    Solve for Theta

    I need to solve for theta with only the info shown in the image below.
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    is 36.00 lint is deflected \theta from the vertical line?
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    Yes

    yes the angle between the vetical line on the left and the 36.00 line is .
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    Solve for Theta-diagram.bmp

    sin \theta = \frac{36cos\theta -12}{128}

    36cos\theta - 128sin\theta = 12
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9cos\theta - 32sin\theta = 3
    \frac{9}{\sqrt{9^2+32^2}}cos\theta - \frac{32}{\sqrt{9^2+32^2}}sin\theta = \frac{3}{\sqrt{9^2+32^2}}

    sin\alpha cos\theta - cos\alpha sin\theta = \frac{3}{\sqrt{9^2+32^2}}

    sin(\alpha - \theta) = \frac{3}{\sqrt{9^2+32^2}}

    \theta = \alpha - sin^-1(\frac{3}{\sqrt{9^2+32^2}})

    where \alpha = sin^-1(\frac{9}{\sqrt{9^2+32^2}})
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