1. Limited time only! Sign up for a free 30min personal tutor trial with Chegg Tutors
    Dismiss Notice
Dismiss Notice
Join Physics Forums Today!
The friendliest, high quality science and math community on the planet! Everyone who loves science is here!

Equations of a Plane

  1. Apr 2, 2012 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    Determine vector and parametric equations for the plane containing the point A(2, 3, -1) and parallel to the plane with equation (x, y, z) = (2, 1, -3) + s(5, 2, -1) + t(3, -2, 4). Show your work.

    2. Relevant equations

    3. The attempt at a solution

    I think my answer is correct but it seems to simple to be right:

    Just sub in a(2,3,-1) into (x, y, z) = (2, 1, -3) + s(5, 2, -1) + t(3, -2, 4) as the point.


    (x,y,z)=(2,3,-1) + s(5,2,-1) + t(3,-2,4)
    (x,y,z)=(2+5s+3t, 3+2s-2t, -1-s+4t)

    Any help is appreciated thank you
  2. jcsd
  3. Apr 2, 2012 #2


    User Avatar
    Science Advisor
    Homework Helper

    Hi Buzzlastyear! :smile:
    Yes, that's fine for the parametric equation. :smile:

    You still need the vector equation (with dot or cross product). :wink:
  4. Apr 2, 2012 #3
    Thank you!
Know someone interested in this topic? Share this thread via Reddit, Google+, Twitter, or Facebook

Similar Discussions: Equations of a Plane
  1. Equation of a plane help (Replies: 17)

  2. Equation of plane (Replies: 4)

  3. Equation of a plane (Replies: 2)

  4. Equations of Planes (Replies: 3)

  5. Equation of plane (Replies: 5)