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Vectors - dot product and cross product?

  1. Apr 14, 2014 #1
    Vectors -- dot product and cross product?

    Hello

    may i know when to dot product and cross product?? both look to same to me..
     
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  3. Apr 14, 2014 #2

    NascentOxygen

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    The formula will tell you which to use, so pay close attention.

    Basically, the dot product produces a scalar result---it has a magnitude and a + or - sign---but it isn't a vector. The cross product produces an answer which is itself a vector, and it's at right-angles to the plane containing the two vectors you multiplied.
     
  4. Apr 14, 2014 #3

    berkeman

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    Dot products, cross products, and other basic vector operations are described here:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Euclidean_vector

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