Decomposition of Vectors

Given vectors V and W, we wish to write V as the sum of a) a vector parallel to W; b) a vector perpendicular to W.

Summary: Given V and W (W had better not be 0) the vector perp. = V - (VW/WW)W has the two properties (1) perp. is perpendicular to W, and (2) (perp.) + (proj. of V on W) = V.


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