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Homework Help: Right-handed coordinate system

  1. Feb 6, 2008 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    Can someone give me a real rigorous definition of what a right-handed coordinate system is? I can't find one on the internet.

    Is this true:

    A coordinate system is right-handed IF AND ONLY IF x-hat cross y-hat = z-hat

    ?

    2. Relevant equations



    3. The attempt at a solution
     
    Last edited: Feb 6, 2008
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  3. Feb 6, 2008 #2

    NateTG

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    Yes.
    In a left-handed system, [itex]\hat{x} \times \hat{y}= - \hat{z}[/itex]
     
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