A good answer might be:

A right-handed screw (the normal kind) must be turned clockwise into the wood (viewed from its head).

Carpentry of Vectors

The cross product of two vectors is perpendicular to both; the right hand rule picks the one out of two possible perpendicular directions.

The diagrams show the right hand rule. The order of operands is important. The result of u × v points in the same direction a screw must point if twisting from u to v drives it into the wood.

Or, think of the direction your thumb points when your fingers curl around from u to v.


Does   u × v   point in the same direction as   v × u  ? (Hint: get out your screw driver).