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mathsProperties of Vector ArithmeticsProperties of Dot Product

### Dot product of Collinear Vectors

In this page, you will learn about the result of vector dot product between two collinear vectors.

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When two vectors are called 'collinear' vectors? color(coral)(text(co)) + color(deepskyblue)(text(linear)) means color(coral)(text(together))+color(deepskyblue)(text(on a line))

• the angle between vectors 0^@
• the angle between vectors 180^@
• the vectors are parallel
• all the above
• all the above

The answer is 'All the above'.

Given the definition of dot product as
vec p cdot vec q = |vec p||vec q|cos theta What is vec p cdot vec q, when the given vectors are collinear?

• |p||q|cos 0
• |p||q|cos 180
• one the above
• one the above

The answer is 'one the above'. The angle between Collinear vectors can be either 0^@ or 180^@.

•  Dot product of parallel vectors is product of the magnitudes of the vectors.
Dot product of anti-parallel vectors is negative of product of the magnitudes of the vectors.

Dot Product of Collinear Vectors: For any pair of collinear vectors vec p, vec q in bbb V,
If they are parallel making 0^@ angle
vec p cdot vec q =|p||q|

If they are anti-parallel making 180^@ angle,
vec p cdot vec q =-|p||q|

Solved Exercise Problem:

Given vec p= 2i+3.1j+.5k and vec q = 2i+3.1j+.5k what is the angle between them?

• 90^@
• 45
• 180^@
• 0^@
• 0^@

The answer is '0^@'. The vectors are identical.

Solved Exercise Problem:

Given a vector vec p with magnitude 12, what is vec p cdot vec p?

• 12
• sqrt(12)
• 12xx12
• 12xx12
• 12 cos 0

The answer is '12xx12'.

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