A force of 38 newtons is acting on an object making an angle of 55° with the horizontal. What is the value component of the force acting along the y-axis?

1 Answer
Jan 20, 2016


#F_y = 31 N#


First let's orientate the problem. The y-direction is vertical and the x-direction is horizontal.

Now a diagram of the problem.
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In the diagram on the left the force is shown with the 55º angle that is given in the question. On the right I have shown the two components of the force:

  • #F_V# is the vertical component which we can also call #F_y#
  • #F_H# is the horizontal component which we can also call #F_x#

The question requires us to find #F_V#.

By using trigonometry we can see that #F_V# forms the side of a right angled triangle that is opposite to the 55º angle, so:
#F_V = 38 sin55 = 31N# (2 sf).