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Right/Left Handed Systems

  1. Jun 1, 2005 #1
    If a, b, c are right handed system, then so are b, c, a, and c, a, b. In this case, the vectors a, c, b and c, b, a and b, a, c are a left handed system.

    In order to prove the above statement, I know that the right handed system is positive and the left handed system is negative. So for the second part, b,c,a and c, a, b are right handed because the positions were switched two times, so that makes a right handed system. But, a, c, b and c, b, a and b, a, c are only switched once, so that makes a left handed system. Is this how I prove this statement?
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  3. Jun 1, 2005 #2


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    first you need a definition of right handed and left handed. what is it? or of orientation - preserving. then just check that these cases obey the definition.
  4. Jun 1, 2005 #3
    This is not a formal definition but, when the determinant is negative, it's left handed and if it's positive, it's right handed.
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