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written by Eric Schiff, Alan Middleton, and David McNamara
This interactive Java simulation is used to demonstrate properties of the vector cross product, which is used to describe torque and magnetic forces.  It allows students to control two vectors and observe their cross product in three-dimensions, as well as to view the cross product from different vantage points by spinning the plane in which A and B lie.  A separate pop-up window provides numerical values for the vectors.

Please note that this resource requires Java Applet Plug-in.
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Classical Mechanics
- Applications of Newton's Laws
= Dynamic Torque
- Motion in Two Dimensions
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© 1996 Syracuse University
Keywords:
cross product, right-hand rule, torque, vector component
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Metadata instance created November 18, 2006 by Amin Parnian
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March 10, 2010 by Lyle Barbato
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March 20, 1996

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Topic: Kinematics: The Physics of Motion
Unit Title: Vectors

If students are to perform calculations relating to dynamic torque and magnetic forces, they need a firm understanding of vector cross products.  This Java simulation lets them observe the cross product from different vantage points as they spin the plane on which A and B lie.

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E. Schiff, A. Middleton, and D. McNamara, (1996), WWW Document, (http://www.phy.syr.edu/courses/java-suite/crosspro.html).
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E. Schiff, A. Middleton, and D. McNamara, Syracuse University Physics Applets: The Vector Cross Product (1996), <http://www.phy.syr.edu/courses/java-suite/crosspro.html>.
APA Format
Schiff, E., Middleton, A., & McNamara, D. (1996, March 20). Syracuse University Physics Applets: The Vector Cross Product. Retrieved August 20, 2014, from http://www.phy.syr.edu/courses/java-suite/crosspro.html
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Schiff, E, A. Middleton, and D. McNamara. Syracuse University Physics Applets: The Vector Cross Product. March 20, 1996. http://www.phy.syr.edu/courses/java-suite/crosspro.html (accessed 20 August 2014).
MLA Format
Schiff, Eric, Alan Middleton, and David McNamara. Syracuse University Physics Applets: The Vector Cross Product. 1996. 20 Mar. 1996. 20 Aug. 2014 <http://www.phy.syr.edu/courses/java-suite/crosspro.html>.
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@misc{ Author = "Eric Schiff and Alan Middleton and David McNamara", Title = {Syracuse University Physics Applets: The Vector Cross Product}, Volume = {2014}, Number = {20 August 2014}, Month = {March 20, 1996}, Year = {1996} }
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