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Plane-plane intersection?

  1. Apr 27, 2004 #1
    Hello,

    How do I find the line of intersections of the two planes 7x - 2y + 3z = -2 and -3x + y + 2z + 5 =0, without having to resort to solving it by row reduction?
     
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  3. Apr 27, 2004 #2
    Calculate the cross product of the two normal vectors of the planes. Then plug in one point of intersection to yield the line of intersection.

    cookiemonster
     
  4. Apr 27, 2004 #3

    HallsofIvy

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    Or, if that is too much trouble, solve the two equations for two of the variables, leaving the third as parameter: from 7x - 2y + 3z = -2 and -3x + y + 2z + 5 =0, multiply the second equation by 2 and add to get
    (7+2(-3))x+ (-2+2)y+ (3+2(2))z+ 2(5)= -2 or x+ 7z+ 10= -2. From that,
    x= -7z- 12 and then, using the second equation, -3(-7z-12)+ y+ 2z+ 5= 0 so
    y= -23z- 41 or, writing the parameter as "t"
    x= -7t- 12, y= -23t- 41, z= t is the line of intersection.
     
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