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How to generate an ordered list of vertices of a cube from a face and a normal vector

Consider a cube with faces we'll call "left", "right", "front", "back", "top" and "bottom". The cube can be described by $0 \le x,y,z \le 1$. To name the faces, we'll say $x$ extends to the right, ...
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The Darboux vector is defined by $D = \tau T + \kappa B$. Show that $T' = D \times T$

The Darboux Vector is defined as $D = \tau T + \kappa B$. Show that for a unit speed curve $$T' = D \times T \hspace{1cm} ... $$ Here, the $...$ represents the fact that there are a few ...
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Maps of $\mathbb{R}^3$ preserving the cross product

Given a map $\phi:\Bbb R^3 \rightarrow \Bbb R^3$ such that for all $a,b \in \Bbb R^3$: $$\phi(a \times b)=\phi(a) \times \phi(b)$$ Is $\phi$ necessarily a rotation around the origin or the map ...
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Special Case of Lie-algebra

Suppose $\Bbb{R}^3$ with $[u,v]=u\times v$, thus the cross product of $u$ and $v$ and suppose also $\mathfrak{so}(n)$, the space of skew symmetric $n\times n$-matrices with $[a,b]=ab-ba$. Then i have ...
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Find the sine sign given a pair of 3D vectors

I want to find the exact sine between two vectors in 3-dimensional space. Data: $x$: vector $y$: vector $z = \Vert x \times y \Vert$ I have tried this: $$\sin \alpha = \frac{\Vert z\Vert}{( ...
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Rotational invariance of cross product

Hi guys I'm looking for a proof that $ ( Ra \times Rb ) = R ( a \times b ) $ where $\times$ is the three-dimensional cross product, and $R$ is a rotational matrix ( $\det R = 1$ and $R^T R = I$ ) ...
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Cross product in higher than 3 dimensions

As I understand it, to get an $n$-dimensional cross product, you need $n-1$ vectors of dimension $n$. However my lecture notes are quite miss leading in the fact that they suggest this isn't always ...
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What does the symbol $\Delta$ stands for?

While studying Landau-Lifshitz equation following term appears, $-m \times (m \times \Delta m) = \Delta m + |\nabla m|^2 m$ In above equation m is a vector quantity. It will be great if someone can ...
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Vector product proof

Prove that if $$a=b \times c$$ $$b=c \times a$$ $$c=a \times b$$ then $a \perp b$, $a \perp c$, $b \perp c$, and $|a|=|b|=|c|=1$
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Cross product proof

Three vectors $a$, $b$, and $c$ are given. Prove that if $a \perp b$, $a \perp c$, $b \perp c$, and $|a|=|b|=|c|=1$, then $$a=b \times c$$ $$b=c \times a$$ $$c=a \times b$$
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What is the general formula for calculating dot and cross products in spherical coordinates?

I was writing a C++ class for working with 3D vectors. I have written operations in the Cartesian coordinates easily, but I'm stuck and very confused at spherical coordinates. I googled my question ...
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Cross product as result of projections

The cross product between two vectors in $\Bbb{R}^3$ (call them a and b) is denoted a $\times$ b and the result is a vector in $\Bbb{R}^3$ orthogonal to the first two. There are a variety of ways of ...
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proof for $[\vec{a}\cdot (\vec{b} \times \vec{c})]\vec{a}=(\vec{a}\times\vec{b})\times(\vec{a}\times\vec{c})$

I encounter this triple product property in wikipedia But I can't find proof for $$[\vec{a}\cdot (\vec{b} \times \vec{c})]\vec{a}=(\vec{a}\times\vec{b})\times(\vec{a}\times\vec{c})$$ The RHS cross ...
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Cross product and inverse of a matrix

I would like to show that $\left(\begin{array}{ccc} 1 & s & s^2 \\ 1 & t & t^2 \\ 1 & u & u^2 \end{array}\right)$ has an inverse provided $s$, $t$ and $u$ are distinct. I ...
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Derivative of a vector function

Can someone please check my work below to confirm whether or not I got the correct answer? This is question 13.2.16 in the 7th edition of Stewart Calculus. Find the derivative of the vector function: ...
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problem understanding $a\times((b\cdot b)a-(b\cdot a)b)=-a\cdot ba\times b$

$a\times(b\times(a\times b))=a\times((b\cdot b)a-(b\cdot a)b)=-a\cdot ba\times b$ can anyone expand on how the final answer is derived? I try to expand but ended up scratching my head. the best I can ...
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How to prove the equality of two vectors?

OK, i am trying to prove that if $\vec a\times \vec b = \vec a \times \vec c$ and also $\vec a\cdot \vec b = \vec a \cdot \vec c$ then $\vec b = \vec c$. so far i got to $\vec n \tan \alpha = \vec m ...
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How do you compute the normal vector to a hyperplane in $\mathbb{R}^n$ given $n$ representative points?

Given $n$ points (no two identical, no three colinear, no four coplanar, etc.), I'd like to find a formula for the normal vector to the unique hyperplane that intersects each of these points. In ...
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Explanation of a cross product result

In my book the result $$(u\times v)\cdot(x\times y)=\begin{vmatrix} u\cdot x & v\cdot x \\u \cdot y & v \cdot y\end{vmatrix},$$ where u, v, x and y are arbitrary vectors, is stated (here ...
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Why is this not possible?

Why is the following not possible? $$\frac{2x-1}{2x}\neq4x-2$$ And the following method not correct? $$\bigg(\frac{2x-1}{2x} + \frac{1}{1}\bigg)-1\equiv\frac{2x-1}{2x}$$ Cross multiplying: ...
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Determining partial derivatives and cross products for bicubic interpolation using function values only?

I'm trying to implement a bicubic interpolation algorithm. In order to calculate the interpolated values, I need to calculate sixteen coefficients used in the calculation process - and that's where ...
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Another Cross Product

So I understand most of the properties of cross products. However I ran into a small complication. I get that $i\times j = k$, $j\times k = i$. I also understand that $k \times j = -i$ and that ...
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Is the vector cross product only defined for 3D?

Wikipedia introduces the vector product for two vectors $\vec a$ and $\vec b$ as $$ \vec a \times\vec b=(||\vec a||||\vec b||\sin\Theta)\vec n $$ It then mentions that $\vec n$ is the vector normal ...
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Cocountable fibers

Let $C$ be an uncountable set. Can we construct a set $A \subseteq C^2$ such that it has a cocountable number of cocountable horizontal fibers, and a cocountable number of countable vertical fibers?
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invariance of cross product under coordinates rotation

Question goes as If $\vec A$ and $\vec B$ are invariant under rotation, the prove that $ \vec A \times \vec B $ is also invariant. However solution of on the other page is not given. Says ...
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How to divide by $(a_1,a_2,a_3)$

I have been searching for an explanation in Howard's Linear Algebra and couldn't find an identical example to the one below. The example tells me that vectors $\boldsymbol{a}_1$, $\boldsymbol{a}_2$ ...
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Cross product and dot product

What's the easiest way to understand and prove that $A \cdot B \times C = C \cdot A \times B $ ?
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Vector question, solving $r\wedge a=b$ and $r\wedge c=d$, with conditions

I am stuck on the following Show that the vector equation $r\wedge a=b$ has a solution $$r=\lambda a + \frac {a \wedge b}{|a|^{2}}$$ Show that the vector $r\wedge a=b$ and $r\wedge c=d$, with ...
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Vectors question

I'm trying to prove whether the followings statements are true or not. I would appreciate your help, as I'm not sure how to begin. Given: $ u,x_n \in \mathbb{R}^3$ and for every $n$, let $x_{n+1}=u ...
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Fleming's “right-hand rule” and cross-product of two vectors

I have been throwing around hand gestures for the past hour in a feeble attempt at trying to solve this question involving a cross product of two vectors $a$ x $b$. So far, I haven't found any ...
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Cross product in complex vector spaces

When inner product is defined in complex vector space, conjugation is performed on one of the vectors. What about is the cross product of two complex 3D vectors? I suppose that one possible ...
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Visual Ways to Remember Cross products of Unit vectors? Cross-product in $\mathbb F^3$?

Objective to find visual and accessible ways to remember this formula fast $$(x,y,z)\times(u,v,w)=(yw-zv,zu-xw,xv-yu)$$ I have used Sarrus' rule but it is slow, more here. Since it is slow, I have ...
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How do you integrate Cross Products?

Hey I'm doing a course in mechanics and these keep cropping up! So for this question I'm working in 3d, and so far have $$m \mathbf{k} \cdot (\mathbf{q} \times \ddot{\mathbf{q}} )=0$$ so I need ...
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Simplify $A \times (A \times B)$

Where $A$ and $B$ are vectors, and $\times$ is the cross product operator. I was able to get $A(A \cdot B) - B$ using the vector triple product, but it doesn't look like a simplified version to me.
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Cross product of partial derivatives in surface integrals

I need help in understanding how to compute the cross product of two partial derivatives to help me calculate a surface area. I've watched the Khan Academy lecture on the subject but they seem to be ...
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The proof of $\hat{b}(\hat{a}\cdot\hat{c})-\hat{c}(\hat{a}\cdot\hat{b})=\hat{a}\times(\hat{b}\times\hat{c})$

formula: $\hat{b}(\hat{a}\cdot\hat{c})-\hat{c}(\hat{a}\cdot\hat{b})=\hat{a}\times(\hat{b}\times\hat{c})$ $\hat{a}\times(\hat{b}\times\hat{c})$ is on the $\hat{b}$, $\hat{c}$ plane, so: ...
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Example of an associative cross product, any significance?

While trying to find cases that showed the cross product is not associative, I found some that were. I'm trying to show that $(\mathbf{A}\times \mathbf{B}) \times \mathbf{C} \ne \mathbf{A}\times ...
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Cross product of vectors as a determinant: valid matrix operation?

"The definition of the cross product can also be represented by the determinant of a formal matrix." —Wikipedia This seems like a hack to me—something of much practical use but ...
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Why is $\det(\vec{A},\vec{B}) = |\vec{A} \times \vec{B}|$?

In the multivariable calculus class the teacher showed us the formula of the cross product $$ \vec{A} \times \vec{B} =\begin{vmatrix}\hat{\imath}& \hat{\jmath}& \hat{k} \\ a_1 & a_2 ...
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Origin of the dot and cross product?

Most questions usually just relate to what these can be used for, that's fairly obvious to me since I've been programming 3D games/simulations for a while, but I've never really understood the inner ...
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Help understanding cross-product

I am trying to calculate the intersection point (if any) of two line segments for a 2D computer game. I am trying to use this method, but I want to make sure I understand what is going on as I do it. ...
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Orthogonal matrix over cross product

Is $Qa \wedge Qb = \pm Q(a \wedge b)$, where $a$ and $b$ are two unitary vectors in $E^3$ and $Q$ is an orthogonal matrix ??? Thanks
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Deduce plus and minus with Cross Product in 3th and 4th Maxwell equations

The laws: $\nabla \times \bar{E} = \bar{I}_{m} - \frac{\partial \bar{B}}{\partial \bar{t}}$ $\nabla \times \bar{H} = \bar{J}_{f} + \frac{\partial \bar{D}}{\partial \bar{t}}$ so how can I remember ...
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normalized cross product

Is there a way to get the result of a cross product to be normalized after just a cross action, i.e. without doing after the cross v/|v|? (the vectors involved are ...
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What's the opposite of a cross product?

For example, $a \times b = c$ If you only know $a$ and $c$, what method can you use to find $b$?
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Wedge Product, A Novel Interpretation or Just Plain Wrong?

I have read (I think) all of the previous threads on this website (and many others) on this topic & unfortunately have not found an answer to my question. Due to the fact that I am only beginning ...
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Minimize sum of the norm of cross products

Here I have an interesting problem on linear algebra. It looks very simple, but not so easy to solve for me. Let $r_i, i=1,…,n$ be unit vectors in $\mathbb{R}^n$, find a unit vector $x$ to minimize ...
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Wedge product and cross product - any difference?

I'm taking a course in differential geometry, and have here been introduced to the wedge product of to vectors defined (in Differential Geometry of Curves and Surfaces by Manfredo Perdigão do Carmo) ...