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    Find y-component of vector A

    Vector A is in the direction 34.0 degrees clockwise from the -y axis. The x-component of vector A is Ax = - 16.0m

    What is the y-component of vector A?

    Im not sure how to solve it since the magnitude is not known. CI drew a picture of how i think its suppose to be.
    Can someone help me set it up and how they got that answer?

    I think since the hypotenuse is not known i use tan somehow.

    Thank you
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    Re: Find y-component of vector A

    Is A supposed to be counter-clockwise from the -y-axis? This is the way you have drawn it and is the only way the x-component can be negative.

    Otherwise, your hunch about using the tangent function is a good one...
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    Re: Find y-component of vector A

    Quote Originally Posted by MarkFL2 View Post
    Is A supposed to be counter-clockwise from the -y-axis?
    No, Vector A is clockwise from the -y axis.
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    Re: Find y-component of vector A

    D'oh...it seems I forgot how clocks move...
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    Re: Find y-component of vector A

    Quote Originally Posted by icelated View Post
    Vector A is in the direction 34.0 degrees clockwise from the -y axis. The x-component of vector A is Ax = - 16.0m
    What is the y-component of vector A?
    Im not sure how to solve it since the magnitude is not known.
    \|A\|=16\cos(56^o). From that you can find A_y.
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    Re: Find y-component of vector A

    90 - 34 ?
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    Re: Find y-component of vector A

    Quote Originally Posted by icelated View Post
    90 - 34 ?
    I have no clue what you mean by this. You have a right triangle with angle 34 degrees and "opposite side" of length 16. Since you mention the tangent function, yes, if you call the length of the near side "y" then you have [itex]tan(34)= 16/y[/itex]. You can solve that for the absolute value of y (since lengths are always positive).
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