3d vectors. Does a point lie on the line?

In summary, a question is posed about a vector equation and whether a given point lies on the line. The person asks for help and suggests rewriting the line in a different form. It is then suggested to write the line in parametric form.
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Homework Statement

L1 has the vector equation r=2i+3j-5k + t(4i-2j+k)
Does the point (16,-3,-2) lie on the line?

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The Attempt at a Solution

I have a simple(i think) vector question but i just don't know the method to work it out.

I have searched on the internet and through my books and i can't find a similar problem anywhere. Any help would be much appreciated.

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The point (16, -3, -2) can also be written as 16i - 3j - 2k. Does that help? Try writing the line in the similar form r = Ai + Bj + Ck where A, B, and C may be functions of t.
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Conversely, the vector equation for the line r=2i+3j-5k + t(4i-2j+k) is the same as the parametric equation x= 2+ 4t, y= 3- 2t, z= -5+ k.

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3D vectors are mathematical objects used to represent quantities with both magnitude (length) and direction in a three-dimensional space. They consist of three components: x, y, and z, and are often represented as (x, y, z).

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