# how to find if a vector is parallel to another

by dark_omen
Tags: parallel, vector
 P: 9 Okay, so I have two vectors a = <-6, 9, -3> and b = <2, -3, 1>. How can I test to see if these two vectors are parallel or not? Thanks
 HW Helper P: 3,225 Vectors a and b are parallel if there exists a real number c such that a=cb. In your case it is pretty obvious.
 P: 9 What if it is not so obvious like the one I presented. Is there another approach to it (cross product of dot product ??) Thanks
HW Helper
P: 3,225

## how to find if a vector is parallel to another

Think about the definition of the cross product, and see what happens. Btw, just use axb=$$det \left(\begin{array}{ccc}\vec{i} & \vec{j} & \vec{k}\\a_{1} & a_{2} & a_{3}\\b_{1} & b_{2} & b_{3}\end{array}\right)$$ for a=cb.

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