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List of all the cross and dot products in physics?

  1. Sep 20, 2012 #1
    the calculation of many quantities involve cross and dot products in their formulae.

    For cross products, i only know of three: lorentz force, angular momenta and torque.
    For dot products, i only know of one: work done

    im hoping to add more to my list. Can you guys help me include other commonly used formulae which also involve cross and dot products?
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  3. Sep 20, 2012 #2


    Staff: Mentor

    dot products have a geometric description as the projection of one vector on another

    and similarly for cross product where you get the perpendicular projection of one vector on another.

    EM theory uses vector cross product for direction of magnetism relative to current flowing through a wire and vice versa.

    (force dot dr) as a differential for work (ie integrate over it to get the work done)

    p v dot dS for fluid flow out of a surface differential where p is the fluid density and v is the velocity

    EM theory f = q (E + v x B)

    EM theory the poynting vector P = E x H

    and energy density of the EM field W = 1/2 (E dot D + H dot B )

    Relativity may have other examples as well.
  4. Sep 20, 2012 #3
    i dont think there are any unique examples of cross and dot products in SR

    but thanks for the lengthy reply
  5. Sep 21, 2012 #4


    Staff: Mentor

    you could extend your search to include the del operator ie the gradient, the divergence and the curl.
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