Lab 2 Conclusion

# Lab 2 Conclusion - Mahdi Abdi 100539785 Conclusion Phyl-02...

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Mahdi Abdi 100539785 Conclusion Phyl-02: Mechanical Equilibrium The purpose of the first lab was to experimentally determine the force required to balance two exerted forces, allowing the system to be in equilibrium. To determine this force, also known as the equilibrant force, three methods were used. In method (a), the other two vectors were broken down into their x and y components. Then, the net force of each component was calculated by adding the magnitudes of the vector components. Once a net force for the x and y component were determined, Pythagorean Theorem was used to calculate the magnitude of the resultant vector (equilibrant vector). To find its direction however, trigonometric ratios and reasoning were used. In method (b), both the magnitude and direction of the equilibrant force were determined experimentally, by trial and error. In method (c), the original two vectors were sketched on graph paper (to scale) and then using the tail-to-tail method to then sketch the equilibrant force and measure the resultant angle. In all three methods, the results were very close, and once
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