Homework Help: Algebra Question: vector equations

1. Feb 14, 2007

Accurim

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

The problem -
Consider lines L1 and L2:
L1: r1 = (X,Y) = (1,2) + T (6,1)
L2: r2 = (X,Y) = (1,2) + K (4,3)

Find an equation for either of the bisectors of the angles between L1 and L2

2. Relevant equations

3. The attempt at a solution

$$cos\alpha = \frac{(a,b)\bullet(4,3)}{\|(a,b)\|\|(4,3)\|}=\frac{(a,b)\bullet(6,1)}{\|(a,b)\|\|(6,1)\|}$$

$$\frac{4a+3b}{5}=\frac{6a+b}{6}$$
$$a=\frac{13}{6}b$$

I'm not exactly sure what the question is asking, is there anything else I have to do?

2. Feb 14, 2007

Dick

Well, ||(6,1)|| is not 6. So what is (a,b)? You don't have an equation for a line yet.

3. Feb 15, 2007

andrevdh

Notice that both vectors go through the point P(1,2) so the position vector will also be $$\vec{p}(1,2)$$. The vector equation of the bisector line will then be of the form

$$\vec{r_b} = (1,2) + S(x,y)$$

The direction vector of $$r_b$$ will then be midway between the direction vectors of r1 and r2.

Last edited: Feb 15, 2007