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    Red face scalar triple product


    Hello everyone

    could u plz help me to solve this question :

    Use the scalar triple product to find the volume of the parallelopiped with vertices at
    (−2,0,0),(2,0,0),(0,2,0),(4,2,0),(−1,1,4),(3,1,4), (1,3,4),(5,3,4) ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by essence View Post

    Hello everyone

    could u plz help me to solve this question :

    Use the scalar triple product to find the volume of the parallelopiped with vertices at
    (−2,0,0),(2,0,0),(0,2,0),(4,2,0),(−1,1,4),(3,1,4), (1,3,4),(5,3,4) ?

    thank u
    1. Draw a rough sketch of the parallelepiped.

    2. Choose one vertex (for instance (2, 0, 0)) and calculate the vectors representing the edges of the parallelepiped starting from (2, 0, 0).

    3. Use the formula

    V=\vec a \cdot (\vec b \times \vec c)

    to calculate the volume of this solid.
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    thanks a lot honey

    do u mean i have to choose 3 vectors a , b and c then apply in V??

    for example: a=(2, 0,0) , b=(0, 2 ,0) c=(5,3,4) like that or not?

    could u plz give example? I'm really very stack

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    No, those are points not vectors. Use the vectors from (2, 0, 0) to three "adjacent" points. ("Adjacent" meaning there is an edge of the parallelpiped between the point and (2, 0,0).)
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    ok it's clear now thanks a lot honey
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