# modelling in mechanics edexcel EX 8D

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the question
Original post by Noname60

the question

Original post by mqb2766

Question b
Original post by Noname60
Question b

Sure, youve posted the model solution so ... ?
Original post by mqb2766
Sure, youve posted the model solution so ... ?

Yes but I don’t understand why they have used 180-theta, shouldn’t the answer just be 36.9?
Original post by Noname60
Yes but I don’t understand why they have used 180-theta, shouldn’t the answer just be 36.9?

The unit (positive) j vector is the "north" direction so it points up. The acceleration vector 3i-4j points south east (roughly) so the angle between them is > 90. You consider the angle defined when both vectors point away from the angle/intersection
https://www.cuemath.com/geometry/angle-between-vectors/
Original post by mqb2766
The unit (positive) j vector is the "north" direction so it points up. The acceleration vector 3i-4j points south east (roughly) so the angle between them is > 90. You consider the angle defined when both vectors point away from the angle/intersection
https://www.cuemath.com/geometry/angle-between-vectors/

omg, thank you!!! I should have noticed that j vector was negative