Right-hand rule

In mathematics and physics, the right-hand rule is a common mnemonic for understanding orientation of axes in three-dimensional space.

Finding the direction of the cross product by the right-hand rule

Most of the various left-hand and right-hand rules arise from the fact that the three axes of three-dimensional space have two possible orientations. One can see this by holding one's hands outward and together, palms up, with the fingers curled, and the thumb out-stretched. If the curl of the fingers represents a movement from the first or x axis to the second or y axis, then the third or z axis can point along either thumb. Left-hand and right-hand rules arise when dealing with coordinate axes. The rule can be used to find the direction of the magnetic field, rotation, spirals, electromagnetic fields, mirror images, and enantiomers in mathematics and chemistry.