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This is a question from Engineering Mechanics by Shames. I am unable to resolve this as the question mentioned.

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This questions appears to be about essentially vectors. If you recall a vector has two components: Magnitude and Direction. In this question, you are asked to take the magnitude of the 100 lbf and break it into components of two other vectors. One vector is going to be vertical up, and the other vector is going to be up and to the the right at an angle 20 degrees from the horizontal.

You may recall that the sum of component vectors will equal that of the resultant. So if you place the component vectors tip to tail, you will wind up creating a triangle. Using the angles supplied in the question, you can then use trigonometry to determine the magnitude of the component vectors. Depending on the degree of accuracy you need, you can draw this out to scale and measure as an alternate means of finding the solution or at worst seeing if your answers are in the right ball park.

I did the following in AutoCAD to illustrate the graphical approach without giving you the answer. The mathematical approach will be to use trig to solve for A and B.

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