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Orthonormal Vectors

  1. Nov 30, 2011 #1
    I know that an orthogonal set is not necessarily orthonormal, but here is my question: Is an orthonormal set necessarily orthogonal? I figured the answer would be yes, except on my last assignment I had a question that said blah blah if {u,v} is an orthonormal set blah blah. But my instructor gave me a hint that said make sure that u and -v are orthogonal. Are they not automatically orthogonal since they are orthonormal?
     
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  3. Nov 30, 2011 #2

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    Yes.

    You misunderstood your instructor. You claimed that {u,v} is orthonormal. This is the same thing as claiming that {u,v} is orthogonal and that [itex]\|u\|=\|v\|=1[/itex]. Your instructor wante you to explicitely check orthogonality, because he wasn't convinced that you knew that it was orthogonal.
     
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