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Re: cross-product in cylindrical problem

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  • Subject: [mg51276] Re: cross-product in cylindrical problem
  • From: Paul Abbott <paul at>
  • Date: Tue, 12 Oct 2004 01:57:39 -0400 (EDT)
  • Organization: The University of Western Australia
  • References: <ckbbef$qbj$>
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at

In article <ckbbef$qbj$1 at>, "news" <anonym at> 

> I'm really puzzled by this behavior of Mathematica, I have two vectors in 
> cylindrical coordinates and would like to take their cross-product in 
> cylindrical, but it seems to give me incorrect answer, see below:

Andrzej Kozlowski has answered your question. Actually, it is a FAQ. A 
search at on the key words

   cylindrical coordinates cross product

will turn up a number of relevant responses.

You many find the Symbolic Vector Analysis package developed by Hong 
Qin, which deals with arbitrary vector objects, useful. It is available 


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