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Homework Help: Plane and line equation

  1. Jun 11, 2009 #1
    I've encountered this question but I do not know how to solve it? Help anyone? I need some clues.

    Find a plane through the points P1 (1,2,3) and P2(3,2,1) and perpendicular to the plane 4x - y + 2z = 7

    Another question, When given point A (1,2,3) and B (3,2,1) , I'm asked to find the line equation.
    So If I got the direction of the line using B - A, I get the direction as (2,0,-2)
    I should write the line equation as (1, 2, 3) + t (2, 0, -2). My question is, instead, can I write the equation as (3, 2, 1) + t (2, 0, -2) although (3, 2, 1) is the endpoint of the line?
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  3. Jun 11, 2009 #2


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    Yes, both are correct.

    For the plane 4x-y+2z=7, what is the equation of the normal,N?

    If you visualize this plane being perpendicular to the one you want, what does it imply about N and the plane?
  4. Jun 11, 2009 #3
    I know that for 4x-y+2z=7 has normal vector (4,-1,2). I also know that 4x-y+2x=7 is perpendicular to the plane containing the P1 and P2, and thus the normal vector is parallel to the line P1P2. Therefore I should find P1P2 and cross with the normal vector (4,-1,2) and get a normal to the plane containing P1P2. After that I should substitute either P1P2 into the equation obtained to find d. then I got my answer? correct?
  5. Jun 11, 2009 #4


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    yes so do that and you will get the normal n of the plane you want.

    then use the definition of the plane r.n=0 where r=(x,y,z) i.e. (x,y,z).n=0
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