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Proof using lagrange

  1. Apr 17, 2012 #1
    Proof using lagrange!!

    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    (A x B) . (C x D) = (A . B) (C . D) - (A . D) (B . C)

    2. Relevant equations

    This is all thats given..I am sort of lost on how to proof this. Spent 4hrs +

    3. The attempt at a solution

    Completely lost and don't know where to start
     
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  3. Apr 17, 2012 #2

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    Re: Proof using lagrange!!

    Welcome to PF, rroy! :smile:

    What did you try?
    Which relevant equations do you have (and are you allowed to use)?

    I presume you are allowed to use the definitions of the cross product and dot product.
    Did you use those?
    Any other identities?
    Are you allowed to use identities that you can find with wikipedia?
     
  4. Apr 17, 2012 #3
    Re: Proof using lagrange!!

    So turns out the instructor had typo in the problem. it should be
    (A x B) . (C x D) = (A . C) (B . D) - (A . D) (B . C)

    The way I started was let A = {a1, a2, a3 } and so on for the remaining (B, C, D). I assume it is a matrice and will proceed as a dot product. Than I am unsure if this right, if so than I stuck.
     
  5. Apr 17, 2012 #4

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    Re: Proof using lagrange!!

    What do you think is representing a matrix?

    Do you know what the definition for the cross product for vectors is?
     
  6. Apr 17, 2012 #5

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    Re: Proof using lagrange!!

    Actually, what you are supposed to proof is Lagrange's identity.
    See for instance here.
     
  7. Apr 17, 2012 #6
    Re: Proof using lagrange!!

    I like Serena,

    My understanding to cross product is using the matrix, am I right? (ith, jth and kth terms)
    and as I have given the terms A=(a1, a2, a3) B=(b1, b2, b3) and so on..than to solve the cross product. I simply took the crossed out the first column and row and than did the cross product of remaining 4 and did the same with 2 column and row and so on
     
  8. Apr 18, 2012 #7

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    Re: Proof using lagrange!!

    Ah okay.
    Yes, that is the standard way to go.
    If you multiply out the cross products and dot products, you should find the equality.
    It is a bit of work though.
     
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