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VECTOR PRODUCT OF TWO VECTORS
PREVIOUS EAMCET BITS
1. Let a1 i + a 2 j + a 3 k [EAMCET 2007]
2 2 2
Assertion (A) : The identify a × i + a × j + a × k = 2 a holds for a
2

Reason (R) : a × i = a 3 j − a 2 k, a × j = a1k − a 3 i , a × k = a 2 i − a1 j
Which of the following is correct
1) Both A and R are true and R is the correct reason for A
2) Both A and R are true but R is not the correct reason for A
3) A is true, R is false
4) A is false, R is true
Ans: 1
Sol. axi = a 3 J − a 2 k;axJ = a1k − a 3i;axk = a 2i − a1J

∴ R is true
a = a12 + a 22 + a 32

axi + axJ + axk = 2 ( a12 + a 22 + a 32 ) = 2 a
2 2 2 2

2. ( ) ( )
If a and b are unit vectors, then the vector a + b × a × b is parallel to the vector

[EAMCET 2005]
1) a − b 2) a + b 3) 2a − b 4) 2a + b
Ans: 2
Sol. By verification

( a + b ) × ( a × b ) .( a + b ) = ⎡⎣a + b a × b a + b ⎤⎦ = 0

(∵ [a b a ] = 0 )
3. Let a, b, c be the position vectors of the vertices, A, B, C respectively of ΔABC. The vector area

of ΔABC is [EAMCET 2003]

1)
1
2
{ ( )
a × b × c + b× (c × a ) + c × a × b ( )} 2)
1
2
{ }
a ×b + b×c + c×a

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Vector product of two vectors

3)
1
2
{
a+b+c } 4)
1
2
{( ) ( )}
b.c a + ( c.a ) b + a.b c

Ans: 2

Sol. Δ =
1
2
(
a × b + b× c + c×a )
4. If θ is the angle between a and b and a × b = a.b , then θ = [EAMCET 2001]

π π
1) 0 2) π 3) 4)
2 2
Ans: 4

Sol. Given a × b = a.b

⇒ a b sin θ = a b cos θ

π
tan θ = 1 ⇒ θ =
4
5. If θ is the angle between the vectors 2i − 2 j + 4k and 3 j + j + 2k, then sin θ = [EAMCET 2000]

2 2 2 2
1) 2) 3) 4)
7 7 7 7
Ans: 2

a×b 2
Sol. sin θ = =
a b 7

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