Hello, I have a question about why I can't determine the angle between two vectors using their cross product.(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});

Say there are two vectors in the XY-plane that we want to find the angle between:

A= -2.00i+ 6.00j= 2.00

Bi- 3.00j

The method to do this would be to work out thescalarproduct of the vectors, calculate the magnitude of each vector, and use these to determine the angle via this relationship:

A⋅B= AB cos ∅

In the example above, this gives a correct angle of 165°.

However, I feel like it should be possible to arrive at the same answer using avectorproduct method instead. So I tried calculating the vector product, and used it with the calculated magnitudes of the vectors and the following relationship:

AXB= AB sin Φ

However, using this method results in an angle of 15.3°.

I must be missing something in the way all of this works and wondered if anyone could provide me with the knowledge I'm missing!

Thanks!

Andy

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