Two forces of magnitude aN (blue) and bN (green) act on a particle in the directions shown. The force aN has been resolved into its components (red). The angle between the forces aN and bN is t degrees. The resultant force is shown (orange).

## Software/Applets used on this page

Uses Cinderella interactive geometry

## Glossary

### force

that which causes a body to accelerate or change in momentum

### magnitude

A measure of the size of a mathematical object

### particle

an object with negligible size and internal structure, which can be represented by a point; the fundamental assumption in mechanics.

## This question appears in the following syllabi:

Syllabus | Module | Section | Topic | Exam Year |
---|---|---|---|---|

AQA A-Level (UK - Pre-2017) | M1 | Vectors | Applications | - |

AQA AS Maths 2017 | Mechanics | Kinematics and Units | Vectors in Mechanics | - |

AQA AS/A2 Maths 2017 | Mechanics | Kinematics and Units | Vectors in Mechanics | - |

CCEA A-Level (NI) | M1 | Vectors | Applications | - |

CIE A-Level (UK) | M1 | Vectors | Applications | - |

Edexcel A-Level (UK - Pre-2017) | M1 | Vectors | Applications | - |

Edexcel AS Maths 2017 | Mechanics | Modelling in Mechanics | Vectors in Mechanics | - |

Edexcel AS/A2 Maths 2017 | Mechanics | Modelling in Mechanics | Vectors in Mechanics | - |

OCR A-Level (UK - Pre-2017) | M1 | Vectors | Applications | - |

OCR AS Maths 2017 | Mechanics | Forces and Newton's Laws | Vectors in Mechanics | - |

OCR MEI AS Maths 2017 | Mechanics | Forces and Newton's Laws | Vectors in Mechanics | - |

OCR-MEI A-Level (UK - Pre-2017) | M1 | Vectors | Applications | - |

Pre-U A-Level (UK) | Mech | Vectors | Applications | - |

Universal (all site questions) | V | Vectors | Applications | - |

WJEC A-Level (Wales) | M1 | Vectors | Applications | - |