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Giancoli 7th Edition, Chapter 4, Problem 62

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Hi joseotilio25, is your question "is saying E of S the same as saying S of E"? If so, then nope, those are not the same. Saying $73^\circ$ East of South means $73^\circ$ towards the East, starting from South, whereas S of E means starting at East and measuring $73^\circ$ towards the South.

Hi joseotilio25, this is a personal preference. I choose to make every vector subtraction problem an addition problem. When subtraction comes along, as in part b) here, I choose to make it an addition problem by adding the second vector in the opposite direction. This technique has the advantage that every vector problem, including subtraction, involves putting the tail of the second vector on the head of the first. To illustrate why this works, consider $ 3 - 2 = 1 $. This can also be written as an addition problem by adding the opposite of the second number. The second number is $2$, so adding it's opposite means adding $-2$. It looks like $ 3 + (-2) = 1$. It works out to the same answer, as it should, and with arithmetic there's no advantage to making subtraction into an "adding the opposite" question, whereas with vectors, changing subtraction to "adding the opposite" has the advantage that you can keep on using the "head to tail" method. In the end, it's an issue of personal preference. You could instead learn a "head to head" method, and create the resultant by connecting the remaining tails if you want a different technique.

Hello. Sr. If I decompose in Ax and Ay y got different result can you tell me why. Please.

Why not start (a) with Torque equation 245Nd=735N(9-d) and d= distance between child and pivot. Then solve for d is easy. Pivot is 6.75 m away from child. That approach is simpler than what is shown.

Hello why E of S is the same if I said S of E