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What vector space are cross products done in?
A vector space for cross products is a mathematical concept that refers to a set of vectors that can be multiplied together using the cross product operation. This operation produces a new vector that is perpendicular to both of the original vectors.
In a vector space, the cross product operation is defined as the multiplication of two vectors to produce a new vector that is perpendicular to both of the original vectors. This operation follows the right-hand rule and is denoted by the symbol "×".
A vector space for cross products has several properties, including closure, commutativity, and distributivity. Closure means that the result of a cross product is always another vector in the same vector space. Commutativity states that the order of the vectors in the cross product does not matter. Distributivity means that the cross product operation can be distributed over vector addition.
The cross product has many applications in physics, engineering, and computer graphics. It is used to calculate torque in physics, determine the direction of force in engineering, and compute the normal vector for lighting and shading in computer graphics.
No, a cross product can only be performed in three-dimensional vector spaces. This is because the cross product requires the existence of a third orthogonal dimension in order to produce a perpendicular vector. It is not defined in two-dimensional or higher-dimensional vector spaces.