# HOW TO FIND DOT PRODUCT OF 2 VECTORS

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How to Find Dot Product of 2 Vectors :

Here we are going to see how to find dot product of 2 vectors.

Let a vector and b vector be any two non-zero vectors and θ be the included angle of the vectors. Their scalar product or dot product is denoted by a . b and is defined as a scalar |a vector||b vector| cos θ

Working rule to find scalar product of two vectors

Let

Hence, the scalar product of two vectors is equal to the sum of the products of their corresponding rectangular components.

Question  1 :

Find a vector . b vector when

(i) a vector = i vector−2 vector+k vector and

b = 3i vector  − 4j vector−2k vector

Solution :

a1  =  1 , a2  =  -2 and a3  =  1

b1  =  3 , b2  =  -4 and b3  =  -2

a . b  =  a1b1a2b2 + a3b3

a . b  =  1(3) + (-2)(-4) + 1(-2)

=  3 + 8 - 2

=  11 - 2

=  9

Hence the dot product of above vectors is 9.

(ii) a = 2i vector + 2j vector − k vector and

b = 6i vector − 3j vector + 2k vector.

Solution :

a1  =  2 , a2  =  2 and a3  =  -1

b1  =  6 , b2  =  -3 and b3  =  2

a . b  =  a1b1 + a2b+ a3b3

a . b  =  2(6) + 2(-3) + (-1)2

=  12 - 6 - 2

=  12 - 8

=  4

Hence the dot product of above vectors is 4.

## Find the missing components when two vectors are perpendicular

Question 2 :

Find the value λ are perpendicular, where

(i) a = 2i vector + λj vector + k vector and

b = i vector − 2j vector  + 3k vector

Solution :

If two vectors are perpendicular a vector . b vector  =  0

(2i  + λj + k) . (i - 2j + 3k)  =  0

2(1) + λ(-2) + 1(3)  =  0

2 - 2λ + 3  =  0

5 - 2λ  =  0

2λ  =  5

λ  =  5/2

Hence the value of λ is 5/2.

(ii) a = 2i vector + 4j vector − k vector and

b = 3i vector − 2j vector +  λ k vector

Solution :

If two vectors are perpendicular a vector . b vector  =  0

(2i  + 4j - k) . (3i - 2j + λk)  =  0

2(3) + 4(-2) + (-1)(λ)  =  0

6 - 8 - λ  =  0

-2 - λ  =  0

λ  =  -2

Hence the value of λ is -2.

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