From: Vakas

Subject: Resolution with geometry

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Dear sir,

I m not able to understand that when we resolute mg in a inclined plane that plane having angle theta,how does the vertical component goes through inclined surface & cos comp opp to N.

explain with geometry so that i don’t get confused in future in determining the two comps is right direction.

Ans:

In a right angled triangle,

and

When mg is resolved into mutually perpendicular directions, one parallel to plane and the other perpendicular to the plane (opposite to the Normal reaction), the component which is adjacent to θ is the cos component and the one away from θ is the sine component.

Students find difficulty ,mainly in identifying the angle .

See the diagram below and try to analyze

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