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Proof of identity: cross product of three vectors

A book I'm reading contains the following (paraphrased) \begin{equation} (a \times b) \times c = (a \cdot c)b - (b \cdot c)a \end{equation} This is supposed to follow from: \begin{equation} (a \times ...
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Manipulation of three vectors in $\Bbb R^3$

Please excuse the non-specific title, this is a rather long problem. So on our last exam in multivariable calculus, our professor gave us a very lengthy vector manipulation problem as a bonus. Seeing ...
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Intuitively, what makes two vector parallel

I have heard explanations such as it is when the cross product equals zero or that it is when one is a scalars multiple of the other but I have not seen an intuitive explanation. Is it when two ...
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Why is the cross product of two vectors orthogonal?

What is the intuition behind the fact that the cross product of two vectors is orthogonal? Every video I've seen just says it is orthogonal but they do not explain why. Since I have terrible memory, I ...
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Cross product- square

I recently saw the following expression somewhere- $$\frac{1}{2} \left\| \frac{\vec{u}}{9} \times \frac{\vec{u} + \vec{v}}{9} \right\| + \frac{1}{2} \left\| \frac{\vec{u} + \vec{v}}{9}\times ...
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Systems of equations of the form $\sum_{i \in I} \sum_{j \in J_i} v_i \times v_j = a$

Is there any theory that deals (directly or not) with systems of equations of the form $$\sum_{i \in I} \sum_{j \in J_i} v_i \times v_j = a,$$ where $a \in \mathbb{R}^3$ is known, $v_i, v_j \in ...
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Cross product for vector angular position?

The angular velocity of a particle $\omega = r \times v$ is a pseudovector because it is formed by the cross product of two vectors (position and linear velocity). Likewise the angular acceleration ...
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Area of a parallelogram, vertices $(-1,-1), (4,1), (5,3), (10,5)$.

I need to find the area of a parallelogram with vertices $(-1,-1), (4,1), (5,3), (10,5)$. If I denote $A=(-1,-1)$, $B=(4,1)$, $C=(5,3)$, $D=(10,5)$, then I see that ...
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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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Integration of multivariate Gaussians with cross terms

I'm stuck with the following integral: $I=\int ... \int exp\Big(-\frac{1}{2} \sum \limits_{t=1}^{n} x_{t}^T{\Sigma_{x}}^{-1} x_{t}+\sum \limits_{t=1}^{n} x_{t}^T{\Sigma_{x}}^{-1} z_{t} -\frac{1}{2} ...
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Cross product in uneven matrices

I don't need help with dot product, only the cross product section. Even a hint as to where to start would be great.
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Is this tensor identity true?

If We have two vectors $\boldsymbol{a}$ and $\boldsymbol{b}$ and a symmetric positive definite Matrix $\boldsymbol{M}$ I was wondering if the expression $((\boldsymbol{a}\times \boldsymbol{b}) \cdot ...
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Linear Algebra: Compute Area of Parallelogram

I have this one Linear Algebra question that is asking me to compute the area of a parallelogram defined by 4 vectors. Here is the question: Let $\vec{u}=\begin{bmatrix}a\\b\end{bmatrix}$ and ...
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vectors in $3$ dimensions such that $v+(v \times u)=u$

Let $i,j,k$ denote the usual three unit vectors in $\mathbb R^3.$ 1) Find all vectors $v \in \mathbb R^3$ such that $v+(v \times i)=j$. 2) Suppose vectors $v$ and $u$ belong to $\mathbb R^3$ and ...
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Problem with understanding a cross product related problem

I have a question that follows like this: Let $U = (0,1,2)$ and $V = (1,-1,-2)$. Assume that $V \times W = (3,1,1)$ Is there enough information provided in order to determine $(U \times V) ...
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Cross Product of two vectors

I have these two vectors $$\vec{a}_1=\frac{a}{2}\hat{x}+\frac{\sqrt{3}}{2}a\hat{y}$$ $$\vec{a}_2=c\hat{z}$$ I know $\vec{a}_1\times\vec{a}_2$ is equal to: ...
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Question on Vectors

Given $a = [-5, 8, 1]$ and $b = [2, -7, -3]$, find a vector $c$ such that $a \cdot (b × c) = 0$ I don't know how to get it, I've been looking for examples, but I don't know..
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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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Angular velocity

The angular velocity $\omega$ of rotation of a rigid body has the direction of the rotaion axis and magintude equal to the rotation rate in rad per second. The orientation of $\omega$ is determined by ...
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Torque of a force

The torque $M$ of a force $\overrightarrow{F}$ as for the point $O$ is defined as the product of the magnitude of the force $\overrightarrow{F}$ and the perpendicular distance of the point $O$ and the ...
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Vector cross product properties?

I have a 3x3 symmetric matrix $$C=AB^T+BA^T,$$ where both $A$ and $B$ are 3x1 vectors. How may I prove $$C(A\times B)=0?$$ I believe the key is the properties of vector cross product.
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Is there a deeper meaning behind the “determinant” formula for the cross product?

We all know that for all vectors $\mathbf{a}, \mathbf{b} \in \mathbb{R^3}$, if $(a_x,a_y,a_z)^\top$ is the component form of $\mathbf{a}$ and similarly $(b_x, b_y, b_z)^\top$ is the component form of ...
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Curiosity with the Cartesian Notation of the Vector Cross Product

In my opinion Hibbeler's book on statics (Engineering Mechanics Statics, 12th ed) is one of the most approachable on the subject. On pg.123 he defines the Vector Cross Product in its Cartesian ...
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Unit vectors that are orthogonal to vectors

I have to find all the unit vectors that are orthogonal to the vectors $\overrightarrow{a}=(2, -4, 3), \overrightarrow{b}=(-4, 8, -6)$ . I calculated that the cross product $\overrightarrow{a} ...
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Find the equation of the plane knowing that it passes through 3 points

I have to find the equation of the plane that passes through $(0, 0, 0), (4, 0, -2), (0, 8, -6)$. I have done the following: The equation of the plane is of the form $$ax+by+cz+d=0$$ Since the ...
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Dot product of two cross products in $\Bbb R^3$ with general metric

I would like to find the generalized formula of the identity $$(A\times B).(C\times D)=(A\cdot C)(B\cdot D)-(A\cdot D)(B\cdot C)$$ which holds in an Euclidian metric, within a general metric $g$ on ...
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I have problem in understanding the relation?

If we have a relation like this: $$\frac { \partial }{ \partial x_\beta } (\varepsilon_{ij\alpha} x_j T_{\alpha \beta}) =\left[ \nabla \cdot(\vec x \times \overset {\leftrightarrow}{T} ) \right]_i$$ ...
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Algorith/ Equation to get the ith element in N x N

I am having a difficulty figuring out the equation to get the ith element in $\mathbb{N}\times \mathbb{N}$ ( crossing the set of natural numbers).We have $\mathbb{N}\times \mathbb{N} = \{ ...
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How can I prove that two vectors in $ℝ^3$ are linearly independent iff their cross product is nonzero?

Here's my attempt: Let $𝒙 = (x_1, x_2, x_3)$ and $𝒚 = (y_1, y_2, y_3)$ The cross product of $𝒙, 𝒚$ is $𝒙⨯𝒚=(x_2y_3-x_3y_2, x_3y_1 - x_1y_3, x_1y_2 - x_2y_1)$ And linear independence of $𝒙, ...
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Generalising the cross product to infinite dimensions, does $v \times v = 0$ hold also in infinite dimensional spaces

Consider I have a vector space $V$ with inner product and a bilinear map $b : V \times V \to V$ i) such that if $z = b(u,v)$ for two $u,v \in V$, then $$ z \perp u \quad \mbox{ and } \quad z \perp ...
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Ratio of area formed by transformed and original sides of a parallelogram

I am interested in finding the ratio of area formed by transformed and original sides of a parallelogram, given by: $$\frac{\|Ma\times Mb\| }{\| a\times b \|}$$ $M$ is a $3 \times 3$ matrix and $ a, ...
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Points defining plane - starting step? [closed]

If the points $P, Q, R$, not all lying on the same straight line, have position vectors $a, b, c$ respectively, show that $(a \times b) + (b \times c) + (c \times a)$ is a vector perpendicular to the ...
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Cross Product for Biot-Savart Derivation of Current Loop

Biot-Savart's law can be used to determine the magnetic field produced by a figure at a point. Introductory physics texts integrate $dB$ to obtain $B$ where $dB$ = $\frac{I\mu_{0}}{4\pi r^2} * dl ...
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Vector Cross Product and Expression for perpendicular distance between any two Vectors

If $B \ne C$, prove that the perpendicular distance from $A$ to the line through $B$ and $C$ is $$\dfrac {|| (A-B)\times(C-B)||}{||B-C||} $$ where $\times$ means the vector cross product. Attempt: ...
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Visualizing cross product of points in 3-Space

If $p_0, p_1, p_2$ are three distinct points in space, then what does the cross product $$n = (p_0 - p_1) \times (p_0 - p_2)$$ mean geometrically? I'm having a little trouble visualizing this in ...
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How to find an orthogonal vector C in $C^3$ relative to two other (given) vectors?

$A = [2,1,-i]$ $B = [i, -1, 2i]$ I need to find a C that is orthogonal to A and B. I've tried taking AxB, but this does not work. I get the vector C = (i, 1-4i, -2-i). The problem is that ...
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Exterior Product vs Cross Product

I was confused about the relationship between a set of basis vectors in 3D, $ \left\{\hat e_1, \hat e_2, \hat e_3 \right\} $ and their exterior products. In my head, it makes sense that the identity ...
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Using the exchange lemma provides weird result

I know that if we have a square $n \times n$ matrix $A$ in F and two vectors $v,u$ in $\mathbb F^n$, following the exchange lemma we can show that: $$\langle Au,v\rangle = \langle u, \ A^*v\rangle ...
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Relation between volume form and cross product

Euclidean three-dimensional space (it's simpler). Defining $\eta={e^*}^1 \wedge {e^*}^2 \wedge {e^*}^3$, with $\{{e^*}^1,{e^*}^2,{e^*}^3\}$ dual of the orthonormal basis, and indicating the classic ...
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Why we can conclude immediately that $x \in B$, if $(x, y) \in A \times B = B \times A$

The following statements are part of a proof involving cartesian products, specifically involving this theorem: $A \times B = B \times A \iff$ either $A = \emptyset$, $B= \emptyset$, or $A = B$ ...
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Can the cross product be a matrix?

On the Wikipedia article on the cross product is says that a vector $a$ which is itself a cross product (that is $a=c\times d$), can be represented in the expression $a \times b$ for some other vector ...
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Integrating a cross product.

I am given that $\mathbf{k} . m \mathbf{q} \wedge \mathbf{\ddot{q}} = 0$ and my book says that integrating this wrt time gives $\mathbf{k}.m \mathbf{q} \wedge \mathbf{\dot{q}} = $constant. I don't ...
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How do you keep track of what vectors nabla ($\nabla$) should be working in on?

Take the following example: $$\vec\nabla\times(\vec A \times \vec B)$$ I assumed that this worked out to: $$\vec A(\vec\nabla.\vec B) - \vec B(\vec\nabla.\vec A)$$ Where, in both terms, Nabla ...
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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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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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Cross product problem

someone could show me the error in the cross products? For $U=x\hat{i}+y\hat{j}+z\hat{k}$, $V=x'\hat{i}+y'\hat{j}+z'\hat{k}$ and $((.))$=modulus, we have $$U \times V=((U))((V))sin(U,V).n = ...
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Bilinear form and cross product in hyperbolic geometry

I'm reading Patrick J. Ryan's Euclidean and non-Euclidean geometry, page 152. There is a bilinear form defined by $b\left( {x,y} \right) = {x_1}{y_1} + {x_2}{y_2} - {x_3}{y_3}$ on ${\mathbb{R}^3}$ and ...
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Cross product of two vectors, given magnitudes and angle

Problem Two vectors $\mathopen|{\overrightarrow{a}|=5.39} \ and \ \mathopen|{\overrightarrow{b}|=4.65} $ intersect and make a 120° angle. Find $\mathopen|{\overrightarrow{a}}\times ...
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Find coordinates of point that satisfy given conditions

I have A(1,2,3) , B(-1,0,1), C(1,-1,1) which are points in $\mathbb{R}^3$. I'm trying to find another point H such that AH${\parallel}$AC and BH${\perp}$AC. I set H = ($h_1$, $h_2$, $h_3$), and took ...
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Simple indefinite integral of a vector function

I am having trouble with this simple integration. I am not sure of the process or steps to follow to solve this type of problem: If $\mathbf{V}(t)$ is a vector function of $t$, find the indefinite ...