scalar product, dot product, of two non-zero vectors and
The product of their lengths and the cosine of the angle between them:
is taken to be that angle between the vectors not exceeding . When or is zero, the inner product is taken to be zero. The inner product is called the scalar square of the vector (see Vector algebra).
The inner product of two -dimensional vectors and over the real numbers is given by
In the complex case it is given by
More generally, an inner product on a real vector space is a symmetric bilinear form which is positive definite, i.e., for all . A (unitary) inner product on a complex vector space is likewise defined as a Hermitian (i.e., with ) sesquilinear form, with complex conjugation as automorphism, which is positive definite. In finite-dimensional spaces one can always find an orthonormal basis in which takes the standard form , respectively .
Besides the inner product (which can be defined in arbitrary dimensions), in three-dimensional space one also has the vector product.
|[a1]||V.I. Istrăţescu, "Inner product structures" , Reidel (1987)|
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