I am having difficulty with two questions from a book I am studying about statics. I have seen the answers but it did not help me understand how the answers are derived. I want some advice on how to think about these types of problems and whether there are any tricks which help to solve them.
Question 1 (1st image);
A small probe is gently forced against a circular surface with a vertical force F (the red vector). Determine the n- and t-components of this force as functions of the horizontal position S.
Question 2 (2nd image);
Determine the x- and y-components of the tension T which is applied to point A of the bar OA. Neglect the effects of the small pulley at B. Assume that R and alpha are known.