I just want to shout out to the wonderful tweeps who responded to my question:
Ok lemme have it, please give me everything you have on the dot product with vectors. When are they used? Why? Who? Thank you in advance!
— Dan Anderson (@dandersod) March 27, 2017
I’ve collated and linked their responses in a google doc. Thank you all. The responses came from HS teachers, College professors, industry professionals, and a former student. There was so much gold in these responses that I promised to talk more about the AMAZING uses of how dot products are used next class. I haven’t even touched on how Machine Learning uses dot products!
Also my investigations led me (back to) MarioKart because a website claimed that the boost pads used dot product to calculate the boost amount.
I’ll leave you a gif from GameCube’s MarioKart Double Dash and you can decide for yourself: