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Line Parallel to the Plane Equation (Final Exam Review)

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Homework Statement


Explain why the line <x,y,z> = <3,1,4> + t<4,-5,2> is parallel to the plane with equation 2x + 2y +z = 7


Homework Equations


The normal vector of <x,y,z> [4,-5,2] and the plane equation 2x + 2y + z = 7


The Attempt at a Solution


Well, I'm trying to review for the final exam and I'm missing a crucial notes sheet.

So, I attempted to do the dot product of the normal vector and the plane equation vector which is:

4*2 + -5*2 + 1*2 = 0

However, that didn't add up to 7 which would mean == lines.

Though, I think by writing out the dot product I technically proved perpendicularity since plane equations are based off a vector and a point. Thus, making it perpendicular to that point.

So if two bits are perpendicular to the same point then they are parallel to each other.

Any help, would be much appreciated.
 

Answers and Replies

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Yes, that's correct. If the line <x,y,z> = <3,1,4> + t<4,-5,2> is parallel to the plane, then its direction vector i.e. (4,-5,2) is perpendicular to the plane's normal vector.
 
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Thank You So Much!
 

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