Given vectors prove that

if and only if and are orthogonal.

*Proof.*

From Theorem 13.12(f) (page 483 of Apostol) we know

But if and only if and are orthogonal (from the definition of orthogonality). Thus, if and only if and are orthogonal

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Prove that the norm of the cross product is the product of the norms if and only if *A* and *B* are orthogonal

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Given vectors prove that

if and only if and are orthogonal.

*Proof.*

From Theorem 13.12(f) (page 483 of Apostol) we know

But if and only if and are orthogonal (from the definition of orthogonality). Thus, if and only if and are orthogonal

It took me 20 minutes to realize there was a typo in the formula.

There is a typo in the formula as stated. Instead of adding the squared norms of A and B, you need to multiply them instead