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1. Stuck on a particular question and can't seem to find the solution.
Help would be greatly appreciated.
2. (Original post by QuicheMan)
Stuck on a particular question and can't seem to find the solution.
Help would be greatly appreciated.
please post a photo of the question
3. (Original post by QuicheMan)
just two lines...
apply the definitions of cross product and dot product
(note that the modulus of a unit vector is 1)

Factorize

well know trig identity

4. (Original post by TeeEm)
just two lines...
apply the definitions of cross product and dot product
(note that the modulus of a unit vector is 1)

Factorize

well know trig identity

I can get as far as using cauchy-schwarz and I end up with just the last two terms. I'm not sure what to do with the cross product one?
5. (Original post by QuicheMan)
I can get as far as using cauchy-schwarz and I end up with just the last two terms. I'm not sure what to do with the cross product one?
there is no Cauchy Schwarz as far as I can see
This is no more than apply Further maths definitions unless the question says
use blah blah to prove ....
6. (Original post by TeeEm)
just two lines...
apply the definitions of cross product and dot product
(note that the modulus of a unit vector is 1)

Factorize

well know trig identity

Are you sure you can do this? Don't you deduce the |axb| formula from this identity
(unless there is another way i don't know about), meaning this reasoning is circular.

Expanding coordinates seems the best way imo
7. (Original post by Gome44)
Are you sure you can do this? Don't you deduce the |axb| formula from this identity
(unless there is another way i don't know about), meaning this reasoning is circular.

Expanding coordinates seems the best way imo
As far as I am concerned the cross product is a definition not a deduction from anywhere
8. Observe by definition of the cross product of two vectors.

Also by definition of the scalar product of two vectors.

Bring out our old friend and then you can finish...

Unless there is something I am missing this is only two lines and nothing more than applying the definitions of the dot/cross product.
9. (Original post by TeeEm)
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I think the definition of the cross product as with n a unit vector orthogonal to both a and b is.. simply terrible. It gives no method of computation, and the norm of the vector looks quite forced. There is a natural way to tie everything you (should) know about cross products together.

The task at hand is to take two vectors in R^3 and produce one which is orthogonal to both. Let and be a pair of linearly independent vectors, and consider the "determinant equation",

Expanding along the top row, we get:

Which can be written

Now in the original determinant, it is clear that if (x,y,z) is either u or v (or indeed any linear combination of these) then the equation is satisfied - this is just a property of deteminants. Having written it as a dot product, we've just shown that the vector is orthogonal to both u and v (and again, any linear combination of these - this is of course the plane defined by u and v). This vector is the cross product of u and v. This approach explains why we calculate cross products via a determinant.

Note we required that u and v be linearly independent. This is because otherwise the determinant is trivially zero. This is just saying u x au = 0 for any vector u and any scalar a.

Finally, if you put this cross product back into the first matrix, the determinant will no longer be zero (by construction, it couldn't be zero), it will instead be the volume of the parallelepiped spanned by u, v and their cross product. Numerically it comes out as

But since is orthogonal to u and v, then the volume of the parallelepiped is , because ||u x v|| is just the height of the parallelepiped.

All together then,

So hopefully that shows a few links that may have been unclear.
10. (Original post by FireGarden)
I think the definition of the cross product as with n a unit vector orthogonal to both a and b is.. simply terrible. It gives no method of computation, and the norm of the vector looks quite forced. There is a natural way to tie everything you (should) know about cross products together.

The task at hand is to take two vectors in R^3 and produce one which is orthogonal to both. Let and be a pair of linearly independent vectors, and consider the "determinant equation",

Expanding along the top row, we get:

Which can be written

Now in the original determinant, it is clear that if (x,y,z) is either u or v (or indeed any linear combination of these) then the equation is satisfied - this is just a property of deteminants. Having written it as a dot product, we've just shown that the vector is orthogonal to both u and v (and again, any linear combination of these - this is of course the plane defined by u and v). This vector is the cross product of u and v. This approach explains why we calculate cross products via a determinant.

Note we required that u and v be linearly independent. This is because otherwise the determinant is trivially zero. This is just saying u x au = 0 for any vector u and any scalar a.

Finally, if you put this cross product back into the first matrix, the determinant will no longer be zero (by construction, it couldn't be zero), it will instead be the volume of the parallelepiped spanned by u, v and their cross product. Numerically it comes out as

But since is orthogonal to u and v, then the volume of the parallelepiped is , because ||u x v|| is just the height of the parallelepiped.

All together then,

So hopefully that shows a few links that may have been unclear.
Thanks...

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