Dismiss Notice
Join Physics Forums Today!
The friendliest, high quality science and math community on the planet! Everyone who loves science is here!

Finding the point where C interesects the xz-plane

  1. Oct 12, 2005 #1
    Hello everyone, this problem has several steps and i'm studying for an exam, so i need to get all of them! The first part is:
    Let C be the curve with equations x = 2-t^3; y = 2t-1; z = ln(t);
    Find the point where C intersects xz-plane. So i said let y = 0; and i'd get
    Po = (z-t^3,0,ln(t)), but i don't t hink this si right because isn't x, y, and z unit vectors? like <2-t^3,2t-1,ln(t)>?

    So once i find this, i'm suppose to find the parametric equations of the tagnent line at (1,1,0); then find an equation fo the normaml plane to C at (1,1,0); I think if i can get the first part i can figure out the rest! thanks!
  2. jcsd
  3. Oct 12, 2005 #2
    Using the given parameterisation we have a curve with position vector

    \mathbf{\rm{r}}(t) = (2 - t^3)\mathbf{\rm{i}} + (2t - 1)\mathbf{\rm{j}} + \ln(t)\mathbf{\rm{k}}

    Clue : If y = 0 then what value of t should you use to find the point of intersection?
Share this great discussion with others via Reddit, Google+, Twitter, or Facebook