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  1. May 18, 2009 #1
    Hello,
    I need help in this two quetion. Please, show me all the steps to solve them.

    1- Find the distence from a point P= ( -3,4,2) to a line L:(x,y,z)= ( 3,-2,-1)+(1,-2,2)t.



    2-find the equation in the form of ax+by+cz=d, of the plane going through a point
    P= (-3,4,2) to a line L:(x,y,z)= (3,-2,-1) + (1,-2,2)t.
     
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  3. May 18, 2009 #2
    i'm at the library, i was just looking at those in my crc standard formulas and tables around page 240-250. its a piece of cake but i cant quote them. someone will show up.
     
  4. May 18, 2009 #3

    jbunniii

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    For the first part, the distance from a point to a line is by definition the SHORTEST possible distance along a line connecting P and L. At what angle must the two lines meet in order for the distance to be minimized?

    In other words, if q is a point on the line, you want ||q - p|| to be the shortest possible. If v is a vector pointing in the direction of the line, what condition must the vectors (q - p) and v satisfy?
     
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