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Three forces P, Q and R act on a particle at O in the plane of the coordinate axes Ox, Oy. Force P acts along Ox, Q acts along Oy and R acts at an angle with Ox. The resultant vector is shown.
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## Glossary

### axes

One of two straights line on a graph from which measurements are taken. One axis (the y axis) is vertical; the other (the x axis)is horizontal.

### coordinate

One of the measurements of distance of a point from the axes of the graph.

### force

that which causes a body to accelerate or change in momentum

### particle

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

### vector

A mathematical object with magnitude and direction.

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## This question appears in the following syllabi:

SyllabusModuleSectionTopicExam Year
AQA A-Level (UK - Pre-2017)M1StaticsForces as vectors-
AQA A2 Maths 2017MechanicsKinematics3D Vectors-
AQA AS/A2 Maths 2017MechanicsKinematics3D Vectors-
CCEA A-Level (NI)M1StaticsForces as vectors-
CIE A-Level (UK)M1StaticsForces as vectors-
Edexcel A-Level (UK - Pre-2017)M1StaticsForces as vectors-
Edexcel A2 Maths 2017Pure MathsVectors3D Vectors-
Edexcel AS/A2 Maths 2017Pure MathsVectors3D Vectors-
OCR A-Level (UK - Pre-2017)M1StaticsForces as vectors-
OCR A2 Maths 2017Pure MathsVectors3D Vectors-
OCR MEI A2 Maths 2017Pure MathsVectors3D Vectors-
OCR-MEI A-Level (UK - Pre-2017)M1StaticsForces as vectors-
Pre-U A-Level (UK)MechStaticsForces as vectors-
Universal (all site questions)SStaticsForces as vectors-
WJEC A-Level (Wales)M1StaticsForces as vectors-