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Intersection of line and plane

  1. Aug 14, 2011 #1
    Intersection of line and plane!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    Intersection of line and plane!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Okay i to find the common points of line and plane

    Question r=i+j+A(2k-j) and r . (i+j) = 4

    2. Relevant equations

    I heard that it is easier to use the vector equation in the form r . n = p

    3. The attempt at a solution

    So if i do that to above

    You get

    1 0 1

    1 + A -1 . 1 =4

    0 2 0

    The above doesn't sound right i wont get an x, y, z value i defo need help on this or can anyone start my off

    kind regards

    And also how do you wrap the vectors in brackets on this forum lol
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  3. Aug 14, 2011 #2


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    Re: Intersection of line and plane!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    It's not clear to me what the first and third lines are but it looks like the second line is almost the result of putting r=i+j+A(2k-j)= i+ (1- A)jk+ 2Ak into the equation r . (i+j) = 4.
    Rather than what you have, you should get 1+ (1- A)= 2- A= 4.

    Solve That for A, then put that value into the equation of the line.

  4. Aug 14, 2011 #3
    Re: Intersection of line and plane!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Sorry about the way its laid out. your right thats what i have done

    i put r=i+j+A(2k-j) in to r . (i+j) = 4

    which gives me

    i+j+A(2k-j) . (i+j) = 4

    I tried writing this in vectorial format but dont khow how to get the brackets to wrap i,j,k on this website. If you can help with that i would be gratefull

    Anyway to continue on with question we break them down in components. Correct me if im wrong

    1+A(0) . 1=4
    1+A(-1) . 1=4
    0+A(2) . 0=4

    Which is where i got previously. Which is probably wrong

    Now to continue with what you did im trying to work out how you derived the above.

    I broke the vector r=i+j+A(2k-j) into its components ready to put the A values in

    so you get

    1+A(0)=X This gives x=1

    Just need to know how you derived A whcih i quotes above. If you did put put r=i+j+A(2k-j) in to r . (i+j) = 4 To get the equation i+j+A(2k-j) . (i+j) = 4. And from this you managed to get A. Can you please explain to me step by step please

    Thanks for quick reply and Kinds regards
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