The Geometry of Dot and Cross Products

Tevian Dray and Corinne A. Manogue

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We argue for pedagogical reasons that the dot and cross products should be defined by their geometric properties, from which algebraic representations can be derived, rather than the other way around.

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  • Published June, 2006. Article ID 1156
  • Copyright © 2006 by Tevian Dray and Corinne A. Manogue
  • Updated August 2006

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