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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 [closed]

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 ...
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Cross Product of Covectors

Is the vector/cross product defined for covectors (in the dual space) or is it, strictly speaking, only defined for vectors themselves? I would imagine that it works fine for covectors but I wanted to ...
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Why is cross product only defined in 3 and 7 dimensions? [duplicate]

Why $3$ and $7$? I know from some reading that Hurwitz's Theorem explains this, but can someone help me build some intuition behind this or perhaps provide a simpler explanation? It still seems ...
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cross-products versus units of measure

If I draw 2 perpendicular line segments on the ground, 3 meters and 4 meters, how far into the sky does their cross-product extend? What if instead the line lengths are 300 cm and 400 cm? Can ...
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Prove that $g(t) \times \frac{d}{dt} g(t) = 0$

If the vectorial function $r = g(t)$, with values in $\mathbb R^3$ and where $t\in\mathbb R$, is a solution of the differential equation $\frac{d^2}{dt^2} r(t) = t^2 r(t)$, such that $g(0) = 0$, ...
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Can cross products be defined without coordinates?

I recently learned about cross products and understood that cross products can be computed without an origin and coordinates in three dimensions, like vectors can be defined without coordinates. But ...
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Given two lines, how do I find the plane?

$$r_1(t) = \langle t, 2t, 3t\rangle$$ $$r_2(t) = \langle3t, t, 8t\rangle$$ I found $\mathbf{n} = \langle13,1,-5\rangle$ Can I just plug in say $P_0 = (0,0,0)$ and get $13x+y-5z = 0$?
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Cross product and right hand rule

Is there a simple proof that the cross product (defined as the usual determinant) always obeys the right hand rule?
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Find the length and direction of $u \times v$ and $v \times u$

So I was given two vectors: $u=-8i- 2j- 4k$, and $v=2i+2j+k$. I was able to figure out the cross product of $u\times v$ which is $6i-12k$, and $v \times u$ which is $-6i+12k$. However, I need help ...
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Cross product in > 3d

What exactly would we get by calculating the cross product of vectors in $R^n, n>3$ using the formula $\vec a \times\vec b=(||\vec a||||\vec b||\sin\Theta)\vec n$ $\vec n$ being a vector normal ...
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Vector triple product = 0

Let $U, V, W$ be three non-zero vectors, no two of which are parallel. Under what conditions is $U\times(V\times W) = 0$?
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How do you find the max value of a length of a vector?

I have a vector $v = 7j$ and a vector $u$ with a length of 5 that starts at the origin and rotates in the $xy$-plane. How am I supposed to find the max value of the length of the vector $|u \times ...
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What is does the transformation $[\mathbf{a}]_{\times}$ do?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cross_product#Conversion_to_matrix_multiplication I'm curious about the matrix $[\mathbf{a}]_{\times} \stackrel{\rm def}{=} ...
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Equation of plane that goes for intersection of 2 planes and is perpindicular to another plane

Really don't know what to do here, went to a tutor neither did he. Okay first the problem: Find the equation of the plane that passes through the line of intersection of the planes x − z = 2 and y + ...
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Relation between $\vec{a}\times\left(\vec{b}\times\vec{c}\right)$ and $\left(\vec{a}\times\vec{b}\right)\times\vec{c}$

The operation $\vec{a}\times\left(\vec{b}\times\vec{c}\right)$ can be simplified to $\vec{b}\left(\vec{a}\cdot\vec{c}\right) - \vec{c}\left(\vec{a}\cdot\vec{b}\right)$ and can easily be remembered by ...
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Cross Product Component Values

When taking the cross product, the x component of the perpendicular vector is the (signed) area of the yz projection of the parallelogram spanned by the two vectors it's orthogonal to-right? And ...
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Prove that vectors x,y are linearly dependent exactly when …

Prove that vectors $\vec{x},\vec{y}$ (belonging to $\mathbb{R}^3$) are linearly dependent only if the following is true $$ \begin{vmatrix} x_1&y_1 \\ x_2&y_2 \end{vmatrix} ...
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Cross Product - Moments :: Dynamics

Some background: I am self studying dynamics and I have encountered a fundamental problem with either my understanding of linear algebra, or I am just plain dumb. So, I print screened the page of the ...
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Finding the volume of a pyramid (the vector way)

The problem I have 4 points $ P \; (-1,2,0) \\ Q \; (2,1,3) \\ R \; (1,0,1) \\ S \; (3,-2,3) $ and I want to find the volume of a pyramid. What I'm most concerned here is the appropriate strategy ...
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Projective geometry. Interpretation of a cross product between a line coincident with a point

Let $p \in \mathcal{P}^2$ be a point in projective 2-space coincident with a line $l\in\mathcal{P}^2$ such that $l^\top p = 0$. What does $l \times p$ mean? For example, $p = ...
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How to find all 3 orthogonal vectors to a 4D vector

For a program I'm writing, I need to find the vectors orthogonal to a given vector rotated at an arbitrary angle, and in 4D. It is a unit vector. For 3D, I found the two orthogonal vectors like ...
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Reasoning behind the cross products used to find area

Alright, so I do not have any issues with calculating the area between two vectors. That part is easy. Everywhere that I looked seemed to explain how to calculate the area, but not why the cross ...
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Matrix: Area of a Triangle, which point to choose for cross multiplication

When given 3 points(vertices), which one should you pick to do the your calculations with. E.g.: $P1=(1,-1,1) P2=(2,1,-1) P3=(1,-2,-1) $ I can pick P1 -> P2 and P1 -> P3. Then do my cross ...
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Finding 2 vectors orthogonal to each other and a given vector

given vector: $u = <1, -7, 2>$ Find a vector $v$ and $w$ which are are orthogonal to each other and to $u$ I tried the following: $$ v \cdot u = <1,1,c> \cdot <1,-7,2> \rightarrow ...
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Proof in a Scalar Triple Product [closed]

For any three vectors $\vec a,\ \vec b,\ \vec c$, show that : $$[\vec a\times\vec b,\ \vec b\times\vec c,\ \vec c\times\vec a]=[\vec a,\ \vec b,\ \vec c]^2$$ where $[\vec a,\vec b,\vec c]=\vec ...
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Generating a 3d ribbon from a series of points

I am attempting to generate a 3d ribbon from a set of 3d points. The idea is to generate a realistic ribbon which follows those points. In its current state, one example looks like this: In this ...
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Given 3 cross products of 3 vectors, how do you solve an expression of this format?

If you're given: $$a \times b = (2, -4, 2),\quad a \times c = (7, 13, -11),\quad b \times c = (1, 7, 1)$$ what properties of cross products or formulas can you use to solve $(2b - c) \times (3a + ...
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Cross-Product Intuition

Can anyone provide me with a little geometric insight as to why the ratio of the vector components of some vector perpendicular to two other should simply be the projections of those two vectors onto ...