right-handed system of vectors

Three ordered non-coplanar vectors u, v and w, which have a common , are said to form a right-handed or dextral system (Latin dexter = ), if a right-threaded screw rotated through an angle less than 180o from u to v will advance in the direction of w.  For instance, the usual basis vectors i, j and k form a dextral system.

Figure 1: A right-handed system of vectors
Title right-handed system of vectors
Canonical name RighthandedSystemOfVectors
Date of creation 2013-03-22 14:59:52
Last modified on 2013-03-22 14:59:52
Owner juanman (12619)
Last modified by juanman (12619)
Numerical id 8
Author juanman (12619)
Entry type Definition
Classification msc 15A72
Synonym dextral system of vectors
Related topic Helix
Defines right-handed