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Lines and planes (Scalar equation + pt. of int.)

  1. May 12, 2006 #1
    so I've been doing review and I got stuck on two questions, I was wondering if anyone could help me out.
    Any help would be appericiated - whether it's a hint on what my first step should be or what's the final answer to confirm whether I'm right or wrong :)


    1. Find the scalar equation of the plane that passes through the point (1, 1, 4) and is perpendicular to the line of intersection of the planes x + 2y + z = 1 and 2x + y + 3z = 3.


    2. Determine the distance from the point P(2, 3, -1) to the plane 2x + y - 2z + 9 = 0. (I know I can plug the values into the equation, but that doesn't really help me. Could anyone show me a longer way to do this involving more steps? I don't really understand where the equation comes from).
     
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  3. May 12, 2006 #2

    Hurkyl

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    Start simple, and build up a solution.

    What is the scalar equation equation for a plane?
    How do you tell if a plane passes through a point?
    What is the scalar equation for a plane passing through that point?
    What is the line of intersection of those two planes?
    How do you tell if a plane is perpendicular to a line?
    What is the scalar equation for a plane perpendicular to that line?
    What is the scalar equation for a plane passing through that point and perpendicular to that line?

    This is a basic problem solving technique: it's useful in just about anything you do.


    Starting with definitions is another basic problem solving technique.

    What is the definition of the distance from a point to a plane?
     
  4. May 13, 2006 #3

    HallsofIvy

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    We could better "confirm whether I'm right or wrong" if you would show us what you have done.
     
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