Properties of dot product - proof, Mathematics

Properties of Dot Product - proof

Proof of: If v v = 0 then v = 0

This is a pretty simple proof.  Let us start with v = (v1 , v2 ,.... , vn) and compute the dot product.

 v • v = (v1,v2,..., vn) • (v1,v2,....,vn)

= v21, v22 +.... + v2n

 = 0

Now, since we know v2i ≥ 0 for all i then the only way for this sum to be zero is to in fact have v2i = 0. This in turn however means that we must have vi = 0 and so we must have had v = 0.

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