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Two forces of magnitude aN (blue) and bN (green) act on a particle in the directions shown. The force aN has been resolved into its components (red). The angle between the forces aN and bN is t degrees. The resultant force is shown (orange).
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## Glossary

### force

that which causes a body to accelerate or change in momentum

### magnitude

A measure of the size of a mathematical object

### particle

an object with negligible size and internal structure, which can be represented by a point; the fundamental assumption in mechanics.

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## This question appears in the following syllabi:

SyllabusModuleSectionTopicExam Year
AQA A-Level (UK - Pre-2017)M1VectorsApplications-
AQA AS Maths 2017MechanicsKinematics and UnitsVectors in Mechanics-
AQA AS/A2 Maths 2017MechanicsKinematics and UnitsVectors in Mechanics-
CCEA A-Level (NI)M1VectorsApplications-
CIE A-Level (UK)M1VectorsApplications-
Edexcel A-Level (UK - Pre-2017)M1VectorsApplications-
Edexcel AS Maths 2017MechanicsModelling in MechanicsVectors in Mechanics-
Edexcel AS/A2 Maths 2017MechanicsModelling in MechanicsVectors in Mechanics-
OCR A-Level (UK - Pre-2017)M1VectorsApplications-
OCR AS Maths 2017MechanicsForces and Newton's LawsVectors in Mechanics-
OCR MEI AS Maths 2017MechanicsForces and Newton's LawsVectors in Mechanics-
OCR-MEI A-Level (UK - Pre-2017)M1VectorsApplications-
Pre-U A-Level (UK)MechVectorsApplications-
Universal (all site questions)VVectorsApplications-
WJEC A-Level (Wales)M1VectorsApplications-