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Solving: A sin (theta) + B cos (theta) + C = 0

Postby cagey on Mon Dec 07, 2009 6:11 am

From a physics questions with an airplane and wind, I get two equations (with angles in degrees) and must solve for angle A:

250 cos(A) = V cos(-23) - 80 cos(-45)
250 sin(A) = V sin(-23) - 80 sin(-45)

250 cos(A) = .92V - 56.6
250 sin(A) = -.39V + 56.6

Solving for V in the first equation...

V = (250 cos(A) + 56.6) / .92 = 271.6 cos(A) + 61.49

Substituting for V in the second equation...

250 sin(A) = -.39 (271.6 cos(A) + 61.49) +56.6

250 sin(A) = -106.1 cos(A) + 32.6

How do I solve for the angle A?

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Postby stapel_eliz on Mon Dec 07, 2009 1:31 pm

cagey wrote:250 sin(A) = -106.1 cos(A) + 32.6

How do I solve for the angle A?

I think you could use an identity for linear combinations:

. . . . .

...where:

. . . . .

This will give you an expression in just sine for the left-hand side, with 32.6 on the right-hand side. Divide through the square root, and then take the arcsine.
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