the question is a X (b X c)= (A.C)B - (A.B)C

THE DOT MEANS THOSE BIG DOTS BTW,

im not sure if you need what a b and c are but here they are,

a=9i-9j-4k

b=i-4j-2k

c=7i+j+9k

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- Dec 7th 2012, 01:20 PMnewkidzits a prove question ax(bxc)=....
the question is a X (b X c)= (A.C)B - (A.B)C

THE DOT MEANS THOSE BIG DOTS BTW,

im not sure if you need what a b and c are but here they are,

a=9i-9j-4k

b=i-4j-2k

c=7i+j+9k - Dec 7th 2012, 01:43 PMPlatoRe: its a prove question ax(bxc)=....
- Dec 9th 2012, 05:31 AMnewkidzRe: its a prove question ax(bxc)=....
how do i cross product it 3 times,

i did b X c, and got i[ByCz-BzCy]-j[BxCz-BzCx]+k[BxCy-ByCx]

am i ment to cross product that against A=ax,ay,az.

also when i did it with my numbers i got -169i-125j-99k for Ax(Bxc)

but when you do (A.c) i get a single digit of 18 so not sure what to do

and lastly for the RHS there is no dot or multiply what does that mean, (a.c)b. - Dec 9th 2012, 06:40 AMHallsofIvyRe: its a prove question ax(bxc)=....
"A single digit of 18"? That's two digits! You mean a single NUMBER.

The cross product of two vectors is a vector and when you take the cross product of that with another vector, you get a vector again. That is, the left side of the equation is a vector and so the right side must also be a vector. Yes, the dot product of two vectors is a number and then (A.C)B means that you multiply that number by the vector B just as, for example, "2B". A number times a vector is a vector. - Dec 9th 2012, 08:41 AMPlatoRe: its a prove question ax(bxc)=....

I told you that this is a nightmare of subscripts. Using my suggested notation.

$\displaystyle \begin{align*}(A\cdot C)B &=(a_xc_x+ a_yc_y+ a_zc_z)(b_xi+b_yj+b_zk)\\ &=(a_xb_xc_x+ a_yb_xc_y+ a_zb_xc_z)i \\&~+(a_xb_yc_x+ a_yb_yc_y+ a_zb_yc_z)j\\&~+(a_xb_zc_x+ a_yb_zc_y+ a_zb_zc_z)k \end{align*}$. - Dec 9th 2012, 08:42 AMtopsquarkRe: its a prove question ax(bxc)=....
Please leave it here. newkidz has been posting graded questions.

-Dan