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mathsVector AlgebraProperties of Cross Product

Cross product of a Scalar Multiple

In this page, you will learn about the vector cross product with scalar multiple of a vector.



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Given `vec p = 2i+j-k` and `lambda = 3.1`, what is the scalar multiple `3.1 vec p`?

  • `6.2i+3.1j-3.1k`
  • `6.2i+3.1j-3.1k`
  • `6.2i+j-k`

The answer is '`6.2i+3.1j-3.1k`'

Given the definition of cross product as
`vec p xx vec q = |vec p||vec q|sin theta hat n`
cross product of a scalar multiple What is `vec p xx (lambda vec q)`?

  • `lambda(vec p xx vec q)`
  • `|p||lambda q|sin(theta) hat n` if `lambda` is positive
  • `lambda|p||q|sin(theta) hat n`
  • all the above
  • all the above

The answer is 'All the above'

Note that if `lambda` is a negative number, it equals `|p||lambda q|sin(180+theta) hat n`.

Given the definition of cross product as
`vec p xx vec q = |(i, j, k),(p_x, p_y, p_z),(q_x, q_y, q_z)|`
What is `vec p xx (lambda vec q)`?

  • `lambda (vec p xx vec q)`
  • `|(i, j, k),(p_x, p_y, p_z),(lambda q_x, lambda q_y, lambda q_z)|`
  • `lambda |(i, j, k),(p_x, p_y, p_z),(q_x, q_y, q_z)|`
  • all the above
  • all the above

The answer is 'All the above'

 •  Cross product with a scalar multiple of a vector equals scalar multiple of the cross product with the vector.

Cross Product of scalar multiple: For any vectors `vec p, vec q`
`vec p xx (lambda vec q) = lambda (vec p xx vec q)`

Solved Exercise Problem:

Given that `vec p xx vec q = 3j+1.1k`, what is `vec p/(2.1) xx vec q`?

  • `3/(2.1)j+1.1/(2.1)k`
  • `3/(2.1)j+1.1/(2.1)k`
  • `6.3j+2.31k`
  • `3/(2.1)j+1.1k`

The answer is '`3/(2.1)j+1.1/(2.1)k`'.

                            
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