# Thread: vectors: are these valid?

1. ## vectors: are these valid?

If $\vec{a} \cdot \vec{b} = \vec{a} \cdot \vec{c}$ does it follow that $\vec{b} = \vec{c}$?

I said that $\vec{a} \cdot (\vec{b}- \vec{c}) = 0$ which means that they are perpendicular which implies that $\vec{b} \neq \vec{c}$.

If $\vec{a} \times \vec{b} = \vec{a} \times \vec{c}$ does it follow that $\vec{b} = \vec{c}$?

I said that $\vec{a} \times (\vec{b} - \vec{c}) = 0$ which means that they are parallel, and so $\vec{b} \neq \vec{c}$.

2. Originally Posted by shilz222
If $\vec{a} \cdot \vec{b} = \vec{a} \cdot \vec{c}$ does it follow that $\vec{b} = \vec{c}$?

I said that $\vec{a} \cdot (\vec{b}- \vec{c}) = 0$ which means that they are perpendicular which implies that $\vec{b} \neq \vec{c}$.
actually, this means the vector $\vec {a}$ is perpendicular to the vector $\vec{b} - \vec {c}$. it does not say anything about the vectors $\vec{b}$ and $\vec{c}$ or how they relate to each other.

If $\vec{a} \times \vec{b} = \vec{a} \times \vec{c}$ does it follow that $\vec{b} = \vec{c}$?

I said that $\vec{a} \times (\vec{b} - \vec{c}) = 0$ which means that they are parallel, and so $\vec{b} \neq \vec{c}$.
a similar observation can be made here

3. Because both are false, find counter examples, such as:
$A = \left\langle {1,1,1} \right\rangle ,\;B = \left\langle {1,0, - 1} \right\rangle ,\;C = \left\langle { - 1,1,0} \right\rangle ,\;\& \;A \cdot B = A \cdot C$.