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    Inner Product Spaces

    1st question, how do you solve this.

    "Find the angle between the diagonal of a cube and one of its edges."

    2nd question, how to prove this.

    "Prove that if u is orthogonal to v and w, then u is orthogonal to cv + dw for any scalars c and d."

    thank you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by test2k6 View Post
    1st question, how do you solve this.

    "Find the angle between the diagonal of a cube and one of its edges."
    Let the vertices of the cube be (0,0,0) (1,0,0) (0,1,0) (0,0,1) (1,1,0) (0,1,1) (1,0,1) and (1,1,1).

    Then the diagonal from (0,0,0) to (1,1,1) is in the direction (1,1,1), and
    the edge from (0,0,0) to (1,0,0) is in the direction (1,0,0).

    Now the cos(theta) = (1,1,1).(1,0,0)/[|(1,1,1)| |(1,0,0)| = 1/sqrt(3)
    where theta is the angle getween the diagonal and the edge.

    So: theta = arccos(1/sqrt(3)) ~= 0.955 radian or 54.7 degrees

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    Quote Originally Posted by test2k6 View Post
    2nd question, how to prove this.

    "Prove that if u is orthogonal to v and w, then u is orthogonal to cv + dw for any scalars c and d."

    thank you.
    u is orthogonal to v and w means that u.v=0 and u.w=0.

    Now u.(c v+d w) = c u.v + d u.w = 0,

    so u is orthogonal to cv + dw

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