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Homework Help: 3D planes equations problem

  1. Mar 22, 2012 #1
    If I have a cylinder with a radius r and an axis that passes through point b with the
    direction of vector n, show that its equation can be written in any of the following forms:
    1) |(p-b) X n| = r
    2) (p - b) X n = r.e (where e s ia unit vector orthogonal to n)
    3) |(p-b) - ((p-b).n).n| = r
    . = dot product
    X = cross product

    Thanks in advance for any guide given...
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  3. Mar 22, 2012 #2


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    Was there a reason for titling this "3d planes equation problem" when there are no planes involved? Also, it is impossible to give any help without knowing what your symbols mean. Are we to assume that "p" is the position vector of a variable point on the cylinder?

    Assuming that, what vector would [itex](p- b)\times n[/itex] be?

    (Also, you say that "." indicates dot product but there are two cases in which it is simply the product of a number with a vector.)
  4. Mar 22, 2012 #3
    Right, I'm sorry for the mess....
    p and b are points, n is a vector and e is a unit vector as described.
    Also, the | | indicates size of vector...

    I'm confused with all the definitions so that's the reason for the wrong titling, sorry again...
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