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Is there a relationship between the cross product and quaternion multiplication?

I've just been introduced to the Kronecker delta, $\delta_{ij}$, along with the alternating tensor, $\varepsilon_{ijk}$ (in vector calculus). Motivation for the question: I've been introduced to ...
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Cross Product in $\mathbb{R}^n$

I know that the cross product only exists in $\mathbb{R}^3$ and $\mathbb{R}^7$ but I am wondering what the actual definition of cross product is. That is, a cross product would be a function ...
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Find a plane defined by a point, a ray, and a vector starting from the point and parallel to another plane

I am trying to figure this out for implementation into a Graphics manipulator I've been trying to work out. I need to find a plane (a normal vector to the plane will suffice) and I know some of its ...
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Question about cross product and tensor notation

I am a bit rusty on tensor algebra and calculus and may use some wrong terminology, but I know that the cross-product can be expressed in tensor notation with the aid of the ...
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The formula for the magnitude of cross product, $\| u\times v \| = \| u \| \|v \| \sin \theta $ [closed]

Can someone show me a proof of the magnitude (length) of the cross product: $$\|u \times v \| = \| u \| \|v \| \sin \theta $$
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Cross product simplification

If you have two vectors, $A$ and $B$, then we can write the cross product as $A \times B$. Simplify the following expressions: $A \times (A \times (A \times B))$ $A \times (A \times (A \times (A ...
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Calculate a percentage based on intervals

I'm trying to calculate the relevance of an object based on it's location and a user's desired max distance. Also, I've relaxed the DB constraints, and retrieved from DB, objects that are twice as far ...
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Solving for first term in vector product

I'm trying to solve a system of equations for a physics application I've been working on, and I'm down to one thing left that's stumping me. Essentially, I need to solve $$A \times B = X$$ where $A, ...
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Proving a cross product satisfies the vector equation

Let vectors $u,v,w \in R^3$ Prove that $u \times (v \times w)$ must be a vector that satisfies the vector equation $x=sv+tw$ where $s,t \in R$ I have no idea where to go with this one, any tips?
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Proof dealing with orthogonality and cross product

If $v$ is orthogonal to vectors $x$ and $y$, then $v$ is a scalar multiple of $x \times y$. So far I have that: $v\cdot x=v_1x_1+v_2x_2+v_3x_3=0$ and $v\cdot y=v_1y_1+v_2y_2+v_3y_3=0$ $x \times y ...
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The identify with cross product : how to understand?

The problem come from the notations in Hansbo's paper (page 197) and his another paper. Given a domain $\Omega$, the function $u\in H_0^1(\Omega)$. $\Omega$ is divided into 2 subdomains ...
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Show that Two Vectors Making Supplementary Angles?

I just need a start. I am not looking for whole prove, but it'd be more appreciated if I get one. Q. Use Theorem u . v = |u| |v| cos a and the trigonometric identity, cos (180-a) = -cos a, to ...
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Proving formula for length of crossed product

Suppose we are working in $\mathbb{R}^3$ and have the defined the usual scalar product and proven Cauchy-Schwartz. Then we can define the angle, $\theta$, between non-zero vectors by requiring $a\cdot ...
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$\nabla \times \underline{v}$ - Results in a vector perpendicular to these two vectors?

Say $v = -y\hat{i} + x\hat{j}$ If we take the cross product of $\underline{v}$ with $\nabla$ we get $\left| \begin{array}{ccc} \hat{i} & \hat{j} & \hat{k} \\ \frac{d}{dx} & \frac{d}{dy} ...
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If $u$ and $v$ are vectors in $3$-space, then $u\cdot v$ is a scalar

My understanding is that B is definitely true because of the below picture but I cannot understand A. Please would someone point me to the right direction! Thanks!
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Where does the right hand rule appear in the “tensor” definition of the cross product?

When doing the cross product of two vectors according to the usual geometric definition of $\mathbf{A}\times\mathbf{B}$ being perpendicular to both $\mathbf{A}$ and $\mathbf{B}$, it's pretty clear ...
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how $3i \times 3i = 9i \times i$? (i is the unit vector and $\times$ is cross product)

$i$ is the unit vector; didn't know how to write it. I'm reading a text and somewhere it uses something like $ai \times bi = (ab)i \times i$ (implicitly). I can see why this is true geometrically, ...
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Stokes' Theorem and Surfaces

Stokes' Theorem states the following: \begin{equation*} \oint_c \textbf{F}\centerdot d\textbf{r}= \int\int_S (\nabla \times\textbf{F})\centerdot nd \textbf{S}\end{equation*} for a given C that is the ...
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Vector cross product identity for $(a\times b)\cdot(c \times d)$

Prove that $(a\times b)\cdot(c \times d)=(a\cdot c)(b\cdot d)-(a\cdot d)(b\cdot c)$ I would appreciate some hints on how to solve this.I assume there is a method which does involve equating LHS ...
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Sphere equation given 4 points

Find the equation of the Sphere give the 4 points (3,2,1), (1,-2,-3), (2,1,3) and (-1,1,2). The *failed* solution I tried is kinda straigh forward: We need to find the center of the sphere. Having ...
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Is there any associative algebra that has all the algebraic properties of cross product?

Cross product is not associative, but is there any non-trivial associative algebra that has all the algebraic properties of cross product except the condition that would violate associativity and ...
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Is the matrix form of the cross product related to bilinear forms.

The cross product of two vectors $\mathbf{x}, \mathbf{y} \in \mathbb{R}^3$ can be represented as a matrix product as follows, if $\mathbf{x} = (x_1, x_2, x_3)^{\top}$ then $\mathbf{x} \times ...
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Cross-product is a left singular vector?

Assume A is a 3x2 matrix with rank(A)=2. u1 and u2 are already left singular vectors... How would I go about proving that the cross-product of the two is also a left singular vector? Hints would be ...
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Properties of cross product ${\rm i}(a\times a^*)$

Given a complex 3-vector $a\in\mathbb{C}^3$, let $b$ be the following vector $$b={\rm i}(a\times a^*)$$ where $a^*$ is the element-wise complex conjugate of $a$. As can be easily shown by ...
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Cross product query.

In cross product, we do it like: a vector x b vector = a*b*sin(theta). From where does this sin(theta) came from? Can someone please derive the cross product and explain it.
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covariance of cross product of two vectors

I have two independent vectors in 3D and know the covariance matrix of each. What will be the covariance of cross products of above vectors. In particular what will be the covariance of cross ...
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Product rule for gradient of cross product

The book I am reading gives a list of product rules, among them the following: $$\nabla \cdot (v\times w) =(\nabla \cdot v) w-v\nabla \cdot w.$$ However, the left-hand side is a number whereas the ...
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Programming constraints in video game. How are these two equations equal?

I'm currently working on programming a game that uses a physics engine (NAPE). Inside of that engine there are constraints that you can program. In order to program those you need a somewhat ...
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If $u$ and $v$ are vectors in $R^3$, simplify the expression $(u+v) \times (u-v)$ as much as possible.

Here is my thinking process for answering this question: Cross product is neither commutative nor associative. Hence I cannot do any algebraic operations on this expression. However I know that cross ...
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How to prove this Gram determinant

Let $E$ be an Euclidian oriented vector space of dimension $3$ and $x,y,u,w \in E$. How do we prove (without coodinates) $$ \det \begin{pmatrix} \langle x,u \rangle & \langle x,w \rangle \\ ...
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Calculus - Components of a unit vector

Determine the components of a unit vector perpendicular to (0, 3, -5) and (2, 3, 1). I think I should be using either cross or dot product, but am unsure on what to do from there.
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Given two unit vectors, find a vector perpendicular with additional constraint

Given two unit length vectors find a perpendicular vector of unit length. I want to know if there's a way to do this without using a square root operation (avoid a normalization operation). Since the ...
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cross product in cylindrical coordinates

Hi i know this is a really really simple question but it has me confused. I want to calculate the cross product of two vectors $$ \vec a \times \vec r. $$ The vectors are given by $$ \vec a= a\hat ...
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Clarify Right hand Rule

I was just wondering whether in the right hand rule are all 3 vectors perpendicular to one another or is it simply one way, i.e. $A \times B=C$, would it be right to also say $C \times A=B$ and $C ...
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Writing a vector as the sum of two other vectors.

Suppose you have 2 vectors $\vec a = (1,1,2)$ and $\vec b = (3,4,-2)$, how would you write $\vec a$ as the sum of 2 vectors $\vec c$ and $\vec d$ where $\vec c$ is in the direction of $\vec b$ and ...
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Cross Product in 3D

Hi! I am currently working on some calc2 online homework problems concerning the cross product. I understand how the cross product works, but I am not sure how to apply it to this question. I know ...
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Determine Cross Product with Left Hand vs Right Hand

If I perceive http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cross_product correctly, then to determine the cross product With a right hand, let: the 1st vector in the cross product = your index finger = in red ...
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Image and Kernel of different linear maps and their dimension

I'm trying to determine the image and the kernel of different linear maps. I understood well the theory but I can not transfer the knowledge of the books I have read to specific linear maps. 1) ...
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Relational Algebra Cross Join Definition. Need Clarification

I'm currently reading Lee Wilkinson's Grammar of Graphics, and I'm having trouble understanding his mathematical definition of the cross join. I understand the input and output, but the relational ...
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How do I solve $F = \nabla\times G$ for $G$?

Given the vector valued function $F(x,y,z) = (xz,-yz,y)$ find $G$ such that $F = \nabla\times G$ I let $G(x,y,z) = (G_1,G_2,G_3)$ and expanded $\nabla \times G$ then equated the components to $F$ but ...
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Why is the cross product contained in orthogonal complement?

Let $(V,\langle,\rangle)$ be the $\mathbb R^3$ with the standard bilinear-form and let $W \subset V$ be a two dimensional spanning set given by $v = (x_1,x_2,x_3)$ and $w = (y_1,y_2,y_3)$ and the ...
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Motivation for construction of cross-product (Quaternions?)

I just found a very interesting article here: http://www.johndcook.com/blog/2012/02/15/dot-cross-and-quaternion-products/ The author observes that by defining i,j,k s.t. $i^2=j^2=k^2=ijk=-1$, ...
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What is the difference between $|a|$ and $|| a ||$

So I am doing maths involving cross-product and dot-product and I came across the above two notation as in $||u\times v|| = ||u|| ||v|| \sin a$ and $u\cdot v = |u| |v| \cos a$. What is the difference ...
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Name of an identity for traceless matrices in $\mathbb{R}^3$?

While working on a more compact presentation of a derivation in the context of incompressible fluid flow we tried to simplify things by introducing intermediate steps instead of writing out lengthy ...
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Higher Dimensional Right-Hand Rule

In seven dimensions, the cross product makes sense. Without resorting to nonvector tensors or exterior products (although they can be used to further explain), how does one perform this cross product ...
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About matrix $R$, what is this called: $R^TR$? What is it for?

I am doing singular value decomposition on a matrix $R$. The first step is to compute such a matrix $R^TR$. What is this matrix? A reference told me this is cross product of matrix R. I use a ...
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How to find a normal vector from an equation in the form f(x,y)?

If I have an equation $f(x,y)$ which given the $x$ and $y$ coordinate, it gives you the $z$ coordinate. How can I find the normal (directional) vector of the the point $(x,y,f(x,y))$? This would be ...
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Cross Product in Levi-Civita Notation - The elementary basis vector's missing?

http://www.unl.edu.ar/ceneha/uploads/Cartesian_tensors_Index_notation_&_summation_convention.pdf avers: $1.$ $(a×b).(c×d) = \epsilon_{i jk}a_jb_k \quad e_{ilm}c_ld_m$ $2. \nabla × ...
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Adding two vectors such that the resulting vector is perpendicular to a third vector

Let $$a = (-3, 3, 1)$$ $$b = (1, 4, -4)$$ $$c = (2, 1, -3)$$ For which values of $t \in \Re$ is $b + tc$ perpendicular to a? For a vector to be perpendicular to $a$, the dot product of that ...
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Line integrals, cross products, surface integrals and Stoke's Theorem related problem?

The vector field $\vec{F}(\vec{R})$ is defined as being equal to the line integral over some simple closed curve $C$: $$\vec{F}(\vec{R})=\oint_C\|\vec{r}-\vec{R}\|^2d\vec{r}.$$ We show that there ...