# Problem involving cross products

I have a problem in vector algebra. In this Wolfram-page the last two formulas (9) and (10) are: $$\frac{ | (x_2 - x_1) \times (x_1 - x_0) | }{|x_2 - x_1 |} = \frac{ | (x_0 - x_1) \times (x_0 - x_2) | }{|x_2 - x_1 |}$$ I've tried to apply properties founded in this other Wolfram-crossproduct-page but I still don't understand it. How is possible? And why the do this vectors manipulation?

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I've edited the question a bit as it's not related to vector calculus. Hope you don't mind. –  Rahul Jan 13 '11 at 3:05
@Rahul thanks : ) –  nkint Jan 13 '11 at 10:57

\begin{align}|(x_2-x_1)\times(x_1-x_0)|&=|(x_1-x_2)\times(x_0-x_1)|\\&=|(x_0-x_1)\times(x_1-x_2)|\\&=|(x_0-x_1)\times((x_0-x_1)+(x_1-x_2))|\\&=|(x_0-x_1)\times(x_0-x_2)|\end{align}
absolute value?? i thought the $|v \times w|$ was the magnitude of the cross product between v and w is magnitude not absolute value.. –  nkint Jan 12 '11 at 23:09