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Silly question about Cross-Product

  1. Mar 3, 2008 #1
    I just forget the rule here.

    I am finding angular momentum by using r x mv

    If I am using the determinant to evaluate r cross v, where does the mass come in? Do I just mulyiply the result of r cross v by m?

    Or do I distribute m to my vector v and then use those values inside the determinant?
     
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  3. Mar 3, 2008 #2

    CompuChip

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    It doesn't matter. m is just a number, so
    r x (m v) = (m r) x v = m (r x v)
     
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