## Calcmathlete 3 years ago How would you do the cross product of a two-dimensional vector? I've done three-dimensional ones, but not two-dimensional ones.

1. oldrin.bataku

The cross product is not defined in R^2.

2. Calcmathlete

Then would I just say that there is no cross product?

3. oldrin.bataku

Sorta -- the cross product is not even applicable :-) ... unless you want a three-dimensional cross product, in which case you mean the vectors have an implicit zero component, e.g. $u=ai+bj+0k\\ v = ci + dj + 0k$ You can find the three-dimensional cross product, which makes sense -- it's merely the surface normal to the plane defined.$u \times v = (ad - bc)k$

4. Calcmathlete

Oh ok. So if I were to have this problem, (the actual problem), let vector a = < 1, 2 > and vector b = < 3, 4 >. FInd the magnitude of vector c if vector c = vector a x vector b. Would it 2?

5. oldrin.bataku

It is wholly dependent on whether it expects you to do it in R^3 -- if not, then the question is silly because the cross product is not defined for R^2.

6. Calcmathlete

Ok...thank you...