# Q4  Show that $( \vec a - \vec b ) \times (\vec a + \vec b ) = 2 ( \vec a \times \vec b )$

P Pankaj Sanodiya

To show that $( \vec a - \vec b ) \times (\vec a + \vec b ) = 2 ( \vec a \times \vec b )$

LHS=

$\\( \vec a - \vec b ) \times (\vec a + \vec b )=( \vec a - \vec b ) \times (\vec a)+( \vec a - \vec b ) \times (\vec b)$

$( \vec a - \vec b ) \times (\vec a + \vec b )= \vec a \times \vec a-\vec b \times\vec a+\vec a \times \vec b-\vec b \times \vec b$

As product of a vector with itself is always Zero,

$( \vec a - \vec b ) \times (\vec a + \vec b )= 0-\vec b \times\vec a+\vec a \times \vec b-\0$

As cross product of a and b is equal to negative of cross product of b and a.

$( \vec a - \vec b ) \times (\vec a + \vec b )= \vec a \times\vec b+\vec a \times \vec b$

$( \vec a - \vec b ) \times (\vec a + \vec b )= 2(\vec a \times\vec b)$= RHS

LHS is equal to RHS, Hence Proved.

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