(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); 1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

I have two lines :

a,u,b,v are vectors.

[tex]A=\left\{a+s*u|s \in R \right\} B = \left\{b+t * v|t \in R \right\}[/tex]

The two lines does not touch each other (does not meet)

I need to find the closest point between the lines.

2. Relevant equations

3. The attempt at a solution

I know several ways, But all of them are giving me unbelivable long functions..

There must be a short way.

One options it to build a vector between two random points in the lines and then the scalar multipltion of them need to give me 0 .

a,u,b,v are vectors.

[tex](b+t*v-a-s) \bullet v = 0[/tex]

[tex](b+t*v-a-s) \bullet u = 0[/tex]

But as I said I tried to solved it and it got to be very very very long and I always made errors...

Second way it to find [tex]u \times v [/tex] this is a vector that is vertical to both lines so if I need to fins the solution of :

[tex]b+t*v+q(u \times v) = a+s*u [/tex]

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# Homework Help: Find closest points between lines

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