How can I create the arrows on the ball with captions like the one in the picture? enter image description here

    \coordinate (centro) at (0,0);
    \draw[dashed,gray,-] (centro) -- ++ (0,-3.5) node (mary) [black,below]{$ $};
    \draw[thick] (centro) -- ++(300:3) coordinate (bob);
    \fill (bob) circle (0.1);
    \pic [draw, ->, "$\theta$", angle eccentricity=1.5] {angle = mary--centro--bob};
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    Now that you started drawing the picture, instead of just asking other people for doing your work, where are you struggling in detail? Your question is unclear. – JMP Apr 18 '16 at 19:49
  • @JMP I have just edit the post – Ilmionome456 Apr 18 '16 at 20:07
  • To draw the annotations you could for example simply place a node with \node at (x,y) {your text};. Here (x,y) is the coordinate to place your text. – JMP Apr 18 '16 at 20:10
  • ok thanks but the problem are the arrow @JMP – Ilmionome456 Apr 18 '16 at 20:10
  • The arrows you can draw with \draw[->] (x1,y1) -- (x2,y2);. – JMP Apr 18 '16 at 20:12

Some coordinate calculations, using the syntax of the calc library, and another pic. See section 13.5 Coordinate calculations in the manual of TikZ for a description of the library. Brief explanations for this case:

  • ($(bob)!-\Gcos cm!(centro)$): This coordinate is the point that lies along the line from bob to centro, -\Gcos cm away from bob. The negative number means that the coordinate lies "behind" bob.

  • ($(bob)!\Gsin cm!90:(centro)$): This coordinate is the point that lies \Gsin cm away from bob, at an angle of 90 degrees away from the line between bob and centro.

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    % save length of g-vector and theta to macros
    % calculate lengths of vector components

    \coordinate (centro) at (0,0);
    \draw[dashed,gray,-] (centro) -- ++ (0,-3.5) node (mary) [black,below]{$ $};
    \draw[thick] (centro) -- ++(270+\myAngle:3) coordinate (bob);
    \pic [draw, ->, "$\theta$", angle eccentricity=1.5] {angle = mary--centro--bob};
    \draw [blue,-stealth] (bob) -- ($(bob)!\Gcos cm!(centro)$);
    \draw [-stealth] (bob) -- ($(bob)!-\Gcos cm!(centro)$)
      coordinate (gcos)
      node[midway,above right] {$a\cos\theta$};
    \draw [-stealth] (bob) -- ($(bob)!\Gsin cm!90:(centro)$)
      coordinate (gsin)
      node[midway,above left] {$a\sin\theta$};
    \draw [-stealth] (bob) -- ++(0,-\Gvec)
      coordinate (g)
      node[near end,left] {$g$};
    \pic [draw, ->, "$\theta$", angle eccentricity=1.5] {angle = g--bob--gcos};
    \filldraw [fill=black!40,draw=black] (bob) circle[radius=0.1];
  • ! I can't find file "tikzlibraryangles.code.tex'. which version of pgf you are using? – CroCo Apr 18 '16 at 20:32
  • @CroCo The latest that is in TeX Live 2015, which is 3.0.1a. – Torbjørn T. Apr 18 '16 at 20:39
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    @CroCo That library was new in pgf/TikZ v3 I think. – Torbjørn T. Apr 18 '16 at 20:40
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    @EnricoMariaDeAngelis Not a bad thought, edited. – Torbjørn T. Apr 19 '16 at 7:26
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    Shouldn't it be g \sin \theta and g \cos \theta rather -- the vectors are decompositions of g, not of a – user31729 Apr 26 '16 at 20:24

For fun, a solution with pst-eucl:

\documentclass[border=5pt,x11names ]{standalone}



    \psset{unit = 1.5, dotsize=6pt, dash=2pt 1.5pt, shortput=nab, arrowinset=0.15,PointName=none,  PointSymbol=none}
    \pstGeonode(0,0){O}(2;-60){P}(0,-1.2){g}%(1; -70){T}
    {\psset{linestyle=dashed, linewidth=0.5pt}
    \pstLineAB[nodesepA=-0.5, nodesepB=-2]{O}{g}}
{\psset{MarkAngleRadius=0.25, linecolor=LightSteelBlue3, linewidth=0.5pt, LabelSep=0.35}
 \pstMarkAngle{g}{O}{P}{$ \vartheta $}
 \pstMarkAngle{G}{P}{C}{$ \vartheta $}}
 \psset{labelsep=2pt, linecolor=SteelBlue3}
 \ncline[ linecolor=LightSteelBlue3,]{O}{P}
 \psset{linewidth=1pt, linecolor=SteelBlue3, arrows =*->}
 \ncline{P}{G}_{$ g $} \ncline{P}{T}
 \ncline[nrot=:U]{P}{C}\naput[nrot=:U]{$a\cos θ$}
 \ncline[nrot=:U,  arrows=<-]{S}{P}\naput[nrot=:U]{$a\sin θ$}


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