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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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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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Projection on a hyperplan and a hypercube intersection

I need to project an array y onto a hyperspace defined by (a.x) = c where a is an array in R^N However, x needs to belong in the hypercube {0 <= x_i <= 1, for all i from 1 to n} Therefore from ...
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Cross product of vector functions

I was trying to make sense of a problem when I stumbled upon this on yahoo answers. I was just wondering if it was correct. If it is, can you please maybe explain why? ${\bf r}'(t) = \langle -5 \cos ...
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Why and how are quaternions 'bilinear'?

What does it mean when we say that quaternion composition is 'bilinear'? I have observed that some authors write quaternion multiplication as: While others specify: Excuse the poor images, ...
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Showing that a set of points equidistant to two other points form a plane.

Question: if p and q are two distinct points in space, show that the set of points equidistant from p and q form a plane. Work Done: Note: I'm pretty sure this can be done with vectors and cross ...
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How come the cross product of two planes is collinear with the direction vector of the line?

If two planes intersect in a line, explain why the cross product of the normal vectors of the planes is collinear with the direction vector of the line.
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Show that $e^{\theta(s\times)} = I + \sin\theta(s\times) + (1 − \cos \theta)(s\times)^2$

$$e^{\theta(s\times)} = I + \sin\theta(s\times) + (1 − \cos \theta)(s\times)^2$$ I have to prove the above formula and am not sure where to start, may someone please help me! The full question is ...
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Show that angular momentum can be divided into center of mass and internal coordinate

This might belong in physics but I want to be sure I am approaching the math right. Given: show angular momentum can be divided into separate parts of the center of mass and internal coordinates. ...
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Explanation for cross product observation

For a dynamics class, I have observed a weird correlation which my Professor couldn't explain. So I was wondering if someone would give me an explanation of what's happening . Here's a general ...
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How do I plot a bunch of vectors in Maple and find the difference and cross product between them?

Title says it all. This is the assignment I'm trying to do. http://math.rutgers.edu/~shtelen/Teaching/Fall-2013/L1_instr.pdf Data I need to plot ...
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on proving bac-cab rule, $\vec{A} \times ( \vec{B} \times \vec{C})= \vec{B} (\vec{A} \cdot\vec{C})- \vec{C}(\vec{A}\cdot\vec{B})$

I noticed something when I was doing a proof of the BAC-CAB rule, and wanted to check if my intuition was correct. First, when I actually multiplied out $\vec{B} (\vec{A} ...
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showing / proving curl identity $\nabla \times \left( \frac{1}{r^2} \hat r \right) = 0$

OK, I have to show the following: $$ \nabla \times \left( \frac{1}{r^2} \hat r \right) = 0$$ This should be pretty easy, but I wanted to be sure I was doing this correctly. I set up the matrix: ...
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Help proving that $\vec{a}\times(\vec{a}\times(\vec{a}\times\vec{b}))\cdot\vec{c} = -\|\vec{a}\|^2\vec{a}\cdot\vec{b}\times\vec{c}$

This is problem 13 from Chapter 13, Section 14 of Apostol's Calculus Vol 1. I need to prove or disprove the formula $\vec{a}\times(\vec{a}\times(\vec{a}\times\vec{b}))\cdot\vec{c} = ...
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If $U \times V$ is a unit vector, $|U| = \sqrt{3}/3, |V| = 2$ and $U\cdot V > 0$, then what is the angle between $U$ and $V$?

If $U \times V$ is a unit vector, $|U| = \sqrt{3}/3$, $|V| = 2$ and $U \cdot V > 0$, then what is the angle between $U$ and $V$? Is this just dot product? $U \cdot V = |U| |V| \cos(\theta)$? Solve ...
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Unbiased estimate of cross-product for unbiased vector

Let $g$ be an unbiased estimate of a vector $G$. Can $g$ be used to find an unbiased estimate of the cross product $GG'$? I'm stuck because naively using $gg'$ is a biased estimator, with the ...
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Does this cross-product norm inequality hold?

Let $\times$ denote the cross-product. $\;$ Is it the case that For all unit vectors $\:\mathbf{x}\hspace{.01 in},\hspace{-0.03 in}\mathbf{y}\hspace{-0.03 in},\hspace{-0.02 in}\mathbf{z}\:$ in ...
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Multiplication of cross product with Levi-Civita symbol

I want to show following property for the scalar product $$ \left( \vec \omega \times \vec y,\vec \omega \times \vec y\right)=\left( \vec \omega,\vec y\times \left(\vec \omega \times \vec ...
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Help clearing doubt about expansion of $\vec i\times(\vec a\times \vec i)$

I have this doubt in vector analysis I need help with. I know that cross product of a vector with itself is a null vector ($\vec a\times \vec a=\vec 0)$ as both point the same direction. Now consider ...
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How to prove this vector identity

How do i prove this vector identity ? $$(\vec a \times \vec b)\times \vec c=(\vec a \cdot\vec c)\vec b - (\vec b\cdot\vec c)\vec a$$
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Are these two rotation matrices related?

There are two $3\times3$ matrices $A$ and $B.$ Both represent a rotation in 3D space. $A$ and $B$ are given as follows where $a,b,c$ are column vectors. $A = [\begin{array}{ccc}a & b & c \\ ...
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Bio-Savart Law [Doubt about Cross Product in the equation]

In my physics textbook, Bio-Savart Law is written as: $$\vec{B} = \frac{K\,i\, d\vec{s} \times \vec{r}}{ 4 \pi \, r^2}$$ $K$: constant And, when the cross-product is made, the result is: $$B = ...
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Possible to solve this coupled system of vector equations?

Let $\gamma, \omega, c$ be positive constants, let $\mathbf{Q}_{a}$ and $\mathbf{Q}_{b}$ be three-dimensional vectors, and let $\mathbf{B}(\mathbf{r})=\mathbf{B}(x,y,z)$ be a vector field. Let ...
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Proof that $\mathbf{R}[\omega]_\times\mathbf{R} = [\mathbf{R}\omega]_\times$

I have to prove that $$\mathbf{R}[\omega]_\times\mathbf{R}^\mathrm{T} = [\mathbf{R}\omega]_\times$$ Herein $\omega$ is a vector with elements. The notation $[\mathbf{a}]_\times$ is a conversion of ...
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Determining $u=v \times w$ using the cross product

Let $v = (3,0,0)$ and $w=(0,1,-1).$ Determine $u = v \times w$ using the geometric properties of the cross product rather than the formula. What are the possible angles $x$ between two unit vectors ...
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Why does cross product give a vector which is perpendicular to a plane

I was wondering if anyone could give me the intuition behind the cross product of two vectors $\textbf{a}$ and $\textbf{b}$. Why does their cross product $\textbf{n} = \textbf{a} \times \textbf{b}$ ...
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Multiplying vectors (answered own question)

I recently realised that asking a question and answering our own question is allowed here, so here is a question I've seen commonly on many sites: "How does one multiply two vectors?" This is very ...
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Category-theoretic cross product and set-theoretic cross product

I recently proved as an exercise the associativity of cross product as defined in category theory. But in set theory, cross product is not associative. It seems intuitive to me that cross should be ...
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Find closest vector to A which is perpendicular to B

To start, I would like to apologize if the answer to my question was easily googled, I am quite new to this and googling "Find closest vector to A which is perpendicular to B" gave me no results. My ...