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Homework Help: Evaluating surface integral (solving for unknown variables)

  1. Jan 31, 2014 #1
    The solutions have came up with 5 equations, I'm not confused how they got those 5 equations but I dont understand how it was concluded that L = 0 and m = p = 1/√2.

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  3. Jan 31, 2014 #2


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    They massaged the equations somehow, who knows? The obvious way to work that problem is to get a normal vector by crossing the vectors along two adjacent sides. (Unless you see how to write the equation of the plane by inspection).
  4. Jan 31, 2014 #3
    Nevermind, I figured it out.. But if someone has a better way please let me know.
    This is my solution.
    Lx + my + pz = 2p
    Lx + my + pz = 2L + 2p
    Lx + my + pz = 2L + 2m
    Lx + my + pz = 2m
    L^2 + m^2 + p^2 = 1

    Then I looked at the right side of the first four equations and noticed they are all satisfied only if L = 0...
    However I know this solution probably won't work for more difficult problems...
    So please someone post a better solution
  5. Jan 31, 2014 #4
    Dang why didn't I think of that.. that's the easiest solution... just cross two vectors.. Thank you.
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