MATH152 April 2010
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Question A 02
For questions A1-A3 below, and are the given vectors below.
A2: Compute .
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Think about how to write the cross product in terms of a determinant to be computed.
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If we think of denoting the unit vectors in the directions as respectively then we can turn our vectors and into the following matrix,
Firstly notice that we align the components of the vectors such that the components are in the column with the heading , the components are in the column with the heading , and the components are in the column with the heading . Secondly, this may look odd as a matrix since one of the rows is a vector. This matrix is artificial but if we treat it as if it were a standard matrix and computed its determinant, we would get
which is precisely the definition of the cross product. Therefore .
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