- From: Dan
- Date: 17 Feb 1999
- Subject: Resolving Forces - sin or cos?
How can I get my sines and cosines right when resolving forces?
Maths Help suggests:
Imagine you wanted to resolve this force F into two components.
- Find a convenient right-angled triangle.
- Identify the 'opp' and 'adj' sides.
- The cos component is the one on the adjacent side,
- and the sin component is the one on the opposite side.
So, the correct components are:
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