axial vector

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A vector that does not reverse its sign when the coordinate system is changed to a new system by a reflection in the origin (i.e. xi = −xi). An example of an axial vector is the vector product of two polar vectors, such as L = r × p, where L is the angular momentum of a particle, r is its position vector, and p is its momentum vector. Compare pseudo-scalar.

Subjects: Physics.

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