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Re: Wrong behavior of CrossProduct

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  • Subject: [mg7997] Re: Wrong behavior of CrossProduct
  • From: Paul Abbott <paul at>
  • Date: Wed, 30 Jul 1997 23:57:50 -0400
  • Organization: University of Western Australia
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at

Sergio Rojas wrote:

>    After playing a little bit with the Mathematica construction for the cross
>    product of two vectors, implemented by the function CrossProduct of the
>    package VectorAnalysis, I strongly believe that CrossProduct do not
>    work properly on Mathematica ... *)
> In[1]:= Needs["Calculus`VectorAnalysis`"];
> In[2]:= SetCoordinates[Spherical[r,theta,phi]];
> In[3]:= V = {a1,a2,0};
> In[4]:= U = {0, 0, 1};
> In[5]:=  CrossProduct[U,V]
> Out[5]= {0, 0, 0}
>                  (* Again, wrong result. Same results were obtained on *)

Why do you say this result is wrong?  Your vector U={0, 0,
1}=={r,theta,phi} has zero length.


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