why to calculate unit vectors before calculating their dot product?
Could someone explain this to me?
Lets assume I have many vectors with different lengths and I would like to calculate their angle etc. To do that I need dot product ... but since they have different length is suggested to normalize them (unit vector them) and later take the dot product... so my question is why we need to "unit vector them" first etc. THANKS
I would say you don't. It's six of one, a half-dozen of the other. The formula for dot product is
or
where is the angle between them. If are unit vectors (you've normalized them), then the formula reduces down to
However, you've had to do the work of normalizing. So it's either normalize first and use a slightly simplified dot product formula, or just use the full dot product formula. You'll have to divide by the lengths either way.