Engineering Statics


Determine the x and y coordinates of each of the forces shown. Determine the magnitude and direction of the resultant.

The first thing we do is identify the x and y axes, 
creating a diagram of the forces with a frame of reference.
The resultant of the two forces can be divided into components in the i and j directions.
The x components are added together to get the resultant's x component in the i direction.
Similarly, the y components are added together to get the resultant's y component in the j direction.
This gives us the resultant in vector form.
The magnitude of resultant can be determined by taking the 
square root of the sum of the components squared.
Performing the arithmetic gives us the magnitude of the resultant.
The angle that the resultant makes with the positive x axis can be found by taking the inverse tangent of the y component divided by the x component of the resultant.
The negative sign indicates the angle is measured clockwise from the positive x direction.