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Dot product (scalar product) of 2 vectors: ABcos[itex]\theta[/itex]

  1. Jan 3, 2012 #1
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    How, precisely, do you get/derive the Bcosθ term?



    Is it simply [Cosθ=A/B] --> [BCosθ = A] ? It can't be that simple because then how is the extra length of vector A fit into [*A*Bcosθ]? I feel pretty confused as to what is going on here. To summerize, A x B = [ABcosθ] makes little sense.. and i think that is because for one reason, i'm not sure how Bcosθ is derived. And the other reason is because I don't know where they get the A variable either. Just can't seem to see what's going on here.
     
    Last edited: Jan 3, 2012
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  4. Jan 3, 2012 #3
    Re: dot product (scalar product) of 2 vectors: ABcosθ

    Wow, that looks a little more complex than I thought it would be. I thought it was something much more straight forward. I'll have to do some further self study for a little while and get back to you on what I was able to figure out. At worst, I hope to at least come back with a more specific question. At best, I'll be able to figure it out. Thanks.
     
  5. Jan 9, 2012 #4
    Figured it out, this makes perfect sense now. However I have another vector question, but unrelated to this one, so I'll start a new thread for it.
     
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