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# The vector →a×(→b×→c) is

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Perpendicular to b and parallel to c
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Coplanar with b and c and orthogonal to a
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(c) Perpendicular to both b and c
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None of the above
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Solution

## The correct option is B Coplanar with →b and →c and orthogonal to →aLook its simple. Let →u=→a×(→b×→c) ­­­From the definition of cross product →u is perpendicular to →a and →b×→c …. (1) Now →u is perpendicular to →b×→c. See the figure. If b and c are the vectors (mentioned in blue) in the plane as shown then b×c will be perpendicular to that plane as shown by orange arrow. This orange arrow is in the direction of b×c Now from statement 1 we can say that →u is perpendicular to the plane of b×c. The plane perpendicular to the plane of b×c (the orange arrow) is the plane which contains →b and →c This implies →u lies in the plane of →b and →c. Also from the statement (1), →u is orthogonal to →a (Definition of cross product). So →u is coplanar with →b and →c and orthogonal to →a.

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