By Klaus Weltner, Wolfgang J. Weber, Jean Grosjean, Peter Schuster

ISBN-10: 3642001726

ISBN-13: 9783642001727

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The velocity of fall depends on the time. The pressure of a gas maintained at a constant temperature depends on its volume. The periodic time of a simple pendulum depends on its length. Such dependencies between observed quantities are frequently encountered in physics and engineering and they lead to the formulation of natural laws. ; one quantity is varied and the change in the second quantity observed. The former is called the independent quantity, or argument, and the latter the dependent quantity, all other conditions being carefully kept constant.

E. a · b = 0. The converse of this statement is important. If it is known that the scalar product of two vectors a and b vanishes, then it follows that the two vectors are perpendicular to each other, provided that a = 0 and b = 0. 1 Scalar Product 27 Scalar Product of Parallel Vectors If two vectors a and b are parallel to each other so that ˛ = 0 and hence cos ˛ = 1, it follows that their scalar product a · b = ab. 3 Commutative and Distributive Laws The scalar product obeys the commutative and distributive laws.

Note that a × b = −b × a. This definition is quite independent of any physical interpretation. It has geometrical significance in that the vector c represents the area of a parallelogram having sides a and b, as shown in Fig. 17. c is perpendicular to the plane containing a and b, direction given by the right-hand rule. Fig. 2 Vector Product 33 The distributive laws for vector products are given here without proof. 10) Example Given two vectors a and b of magnitudes a = 4 and b = 3 and with an angle ˛ = 6 = 30◦ between them, determine the magnitude of c = a × b.

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