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PLEASE HELP: Vector help, please! What does all this due "some direction" stuff mean? For example, in a problem involving several forces acting on an object (thus several vectors) I'm given a vector that states 20N of force due north. Then I'm asked to find the x an y component of that vector??

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due north in an x-y plane is up. so [0, 20] or 0i + 20j
So how do I find the x and y component?
due means directly. |dw:1380669811241:dw| it is entirely in the y direction. so the x component is 0 and the y component is 20 N

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Okay. I'm sort of stuck on the second vector then: force of 30N, 30 degrees north of west
How would I find the x and y component of that? What does north of west mean?

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