# Differentiation of scalar and vector products

Discussion in 'Math' started by gusmas, Feb 14, 2011.

1. ### gusmas Thread Starter Active Member

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Hey guys

I have a Tutorial that I need to hand in , in 2 weeks but I am stuck with the following problem:

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The answer according to the notes the lecturer gave us is: 2-2u-9u^2.

When I do the math(see atttached document: "workings.jpg" My answer differ slightly and I can not see the problem in my workings, so hoping you guys can maybe spot a problem or if not maybe the answers he gave us is not correct.(even though I asked him and he could not give me a 100% on a yes or no).

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2. ### Georacer Moderator

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Is any one of i or j the imaginary unit?

3. ### Papabravo Expert

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I don't think so. ijk are commonly used basis vectors for the Cartesian coordinate system.

I like your result. The sign of the $u^2$ term in the dot product is positive. I don't see how he got the negative sign.

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If i, j, and k are the usual Cartesian unit vectors and your $F \cdot G$ is the usual dot product, then I get the same answer you do.

5. ### Georacer Moderator

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Oh, the Cartesian basis vectors, I see. But it seems I 'm a bit too late, as this is already answered.

6. ### Papabravo Expert

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Well clearly eight eyeballs are better than two

7. ### gusmas Thread Starter Active Member

Sep 27, 2008
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Wow guys/girls thanks for all the response to this thread, really appreciate it. I don't know how this forum work, but there were more questions to that tutorial , which the answers that were given with it does not agree with my answers, is it ok if I scan in my work and post it in this thread, so you guys can take a look and see if I made a mistake somewhere? I wont ask anyone to work out the problem for me ,I will do all the work. Just want to know if I am on the right path with this work, since a test is coming up aswell and I want to score well in it.

Thanks

8. ### Georacer Moderator

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Of course you can post your work for verification.

If it is purely math, leave it in the Math forum. Otherwise it might be better suited in the Homework Help section.