Prove that u → and v → are orthogonal vectorsThe vectors u → and v...

Nelson Jennings

Nelson Jennings

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2022-07-18

Prove that u and v are orthogonal vectors
The vectors u and v are given in terms of the basis vectors a , b and c as follows:
u = 3 a + 3 b c
v = a + 2 b + 3 c
I've tried u . v to see if their dot product equals to 0, but it does not. Am I missing something?
It was given that a , b , and c form a basis in R 3 .
It was also given that:
| a | = 1 , | b | = 2 , | c | = 3

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Steppkelk

Steppkelk

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2022-07-19Added 11 answers

With these changes,
u , v = 3 a + 3 b c , a + 2 b + 3 c = ! 3 a , a + 3 b , 2 b + c , 3 c = 3 a , a + 6 b , b 3 c , c = 3 1 2 + 6 2 2 3 3 2 = 0
But you still need that the basis is orthogonal.
makaunawal5

makaunawal5

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2022-07-20Added 5 answers

If you expand u v you find 9 a b + 8 a c + 7 b c
There is no reason for this to be zero in general, unless we also know that a,b,c are orthogonal. So my guess is that in the instructions for the problem there was the information that a,b,c are orthogonal.

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