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Difference between Scalar Product and Vector Product

“What is the difference between dot product and cross product?” [The question was posted by Salman)

A Question from Electric Flux and Gauss Theorem

Zeenath asked:

How can you prove that dS in φ =E.dS is dS Cos θ if the area is tilted at an angle ? I need the mathematical Steps.



Dear Zeenath,
Electric Flux is defined as the total no of field lines passing normal to the surface. So while calculating, we need to consider the area of the surface normal to the field lines only. That is why we take the dot product of E and ds, where ds is the area vector (not just the area: Area vector is a vector whose magnitude is equal to the area and dirtected normal to the surface.)
Then by definition of dot product,
dφ =E.dS = EdS cos θ
which gives the component of E and the component of area vector in the direction of E (When area vector is in the direction of E, the actual component of area is perpendicular to E)
Hope the matter is clear.
Mathew Abraham

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