Is this diagram wrong? electric potential

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For the diagram below, is it wrong?
They have calculated the work done from i to f, using the force that is cross sectional to the particle.
Shouldn't the force in the direction of the path be the the force x cos theta.
They have summed the force that is not in the direction of the path?
 

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So the summation should be:


i to f INT(Q0. E . Cos theta) ds
 
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Back to basic math -

dot product of vectors is not same as dot in algebraic multiplication ?

doesn't dot product of vectors include cosine of angle between them?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dot_product
 
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Oh yeah thanks.
 
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Haha -- dot product of vectors = basic math ... only in PF.
 

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