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Homework Help: Identical planes or not?

  1. Mar 12, 2009 #1
    Is plane (1 1 2) identical to (-1 -1 -2), or are they just parallel?
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  3. Mar 12, 2009 #2
    I think you need more information...

    The two vectors you supplied lie along the same line, right? But that's not enough to know if the planes are the same or not.

  4. Mar 12, 2009 #3
    They are not vectors, but two planes in a crystal.
  5. Mar 12, 2009 #4
    (1, 1, 2) and (-1, -1, -2) aren't planes. They can represent either vectors, or simply two separate points in three-space.

    I agree with Kerry, you need more information to know how the planes in which these vectors/points lie relate to each other.
  6. Mar 12, 2009 #5
    Ahh... you should have mentioned that you are referring to materials science. We thought you were talking about mathematical planes...

    Anyway, those are vectors, they're just used to identify crystalline planes. It's been a few years since I've had materials science, but I would say you probably still don't have enough information. They might be the same plane, they might be parallel, but why does it matter? What are you trying to solve? If you're trying to determine how a particular material will fail, then I would say that it doesn't matter. The vector refers to a direction, or a family of planes, not one specific plane.

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