Find the scalar product of the vectors \vec{a}=6\hat{i}-7\hat{j}+5\hat{k} \,and \,\vec{b}=6\hat{i}-7\hat{k}

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Find the scalar product of the vectors \vec{a}=6\hat{i}-7\hat{j}+5\hat{k} \,and \,\vec{b}=6\hat{i}-7\hat{k}
 
(a) 1
 
(b) 8
 
(c) 6
 
(d) 3
 
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Editor">Editor Staff answered 11 months ago

The correct answer is (a) 1
 
The explanation is: If \vec{a} \,and \,\vec{b} are two vectors, where a_1, a_2, a_3 are the components of vector \vec{a} \,and \,b_1, b_2, b_3 are the components of vector \vec{b}, then the scalar product is given by
 
\vec{a}.\vec{b}=a_1 b_1+a_1 b_2+a_3 b_3
 
(6\hat{i}-7\hat{j}+5\hat{k}).(6\hat{i}-7\hat{k})=6(6)-7(0)+5(-7)=36-35=1.