The magnitude of a 2-dimensional vector:

$\overline{)\mathbf{\left|}\stackrel{\mathbf{\rightharpoonup}}{\mathit{A}}\mathbf{\right|}{\mathbf{=}}\sqrt{{{\mathit{A}}_{\mathit{x}}}^{\mathbf{2}}\mathbf{+}{{\mathit{A}}_{\mathit{y}}}^{\mathbf{2}}}}$

Direction of a 2-dimensional vector:

$\overline{){\mathbf{tan}}{\mathit{\theta}}{\mathbf{=}}\frac{{\mathit{A}}_{\mathit{y}}}{{\mathit{A}}_{\mathit{x}}}}$

Resolving a 2-dimensional vector into its components:

$\overline{)\begin{array}{rcl}{\mathit{A}}_{\mathit{x}}& {\mathbf{=}}& \mathbf{\left|}\stackrel{\mathbf{\rightharpoonup}}{\mathit{A}}\mathbf{\right|}\mathbf{}\mathbf{cos}\mathbf{}\mathit{\theta}\\ {\mathit{A}}_{\mathit{y}}& {\mathbf{=}}& \mathbf{\left|}\stackrel{\mathbf{\rightharpoonup}}{\mathit{A}}\mathbf{\right|}\mathbf{}\mathbf{sin}\mathbf{}\mathit{\theta}\end{array}}$

Let the positive y-axis point upward and the positive x-axis point ot the left.

θ_{1} = (180 - 45) = 135

Two forces F_{1} and F_{2} with magnitudes 100 newtons and 120 newtons, respectively, act on an object at point P as shown in the figure (not to scale). Find the magnitude and direction of the resultant.

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