Triple Vector Product

The triple vector product , which can also be written in the form , is one way of multiplying the three vectors , , . The result is a vector lying in the same plane as and . Here the vector triple product is shown in red, and the vector is also shown in magenta. The blue plane is the plane determined by and , to which the magenta vector is perpendicular. You can choose to see the unit vector in the direction of with "direction only".


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Snapshot 1: both magnitude and direction of the triple vector product
Snapshot 2: and are parallel
Snapshot 3: and are perpendicular
The triple vector product for non-zero vectors , , vanishes when is parallel to or is parallel to .
[1] D. Fleisch, A Student's Guide to Vectors and Tensors, New York: Cambridge University Press, 2012.
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