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The times symbol is used in math to represent the cross product operator. Typically the symbol is used in an expression like this:
In plain language, this means take the cross product of the vector and the vector . Note, the times symbol is often used in elementary math to introduce the concept of multiplication. This site primarily uses the times symbol to represent the cross product operator.
The asterisk symbol is used in computing to represent multiplication, usually either in code or entered in on a keyboard.
The cross product operates on two vectors and produces another vector as a result.