i apologise if this is the incorrect forum, i assume it would go under here or perhaps calculus forum - vector help!

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikivers...ectorCross.png

find the formula for in terms of , and

thankyou so much in advance!

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- January 15th 2010, 09:32 PMiExcavatevector problem!
i apologise if this is the incorrect forum, i assume it would go under here or perhaps calculus forum - vector help!

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikivers...ectorCross.png

find the formula for in terms of , and

thankyou so much in advance! - January 15th 2010, 11:13 PMtonio

This question belongs, me believes ,in trigonometry-analytic geometry. Anyway:

is an arrow beginning at and ending at and is its length, so using the cosines law (theorem) on the resulting triangle we get:

I'm not sure what is , but if you meant the dot product of these two vectors then just remember that , so you can substitute above.

Tonio - January 15th 2010, 11:42 PMiExcavate
how do i deduce

to prove:

- January 16th 2010, 12:49 AMHallsofIvy
tonio

**told**you: apply the cosine law to the triangle with sides a, b, and a- b.