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I have a general question. If given 3 points, how would I find the equation of the plane containing all these points?


Bubble-Pipe Squirrel
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Do you have any ideas?

Do you know of any ways to write the equation of a plane given some other information? Can you gather that information if given 3 points?
I think I found it. I would need to take the cross product of 2 vectors from those 3 points to find the normal vector. Then I would use the equation 0 = a(x-x1)+b(y-y1)+c(z-z1), <a,b,c> being the normal vector. For <x1,y1,z1> would I just pick one of the points? Does it matter which one?


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Your approach is fine and it doesn't matter which point you use in the end.


Bubble-Pipe Squirrel
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That form of the plane equation works but I prefer to write the plane equation as ax+by+cz=d where <a,b,c> is a normal vector to the plane. You can then solve for d by evaluating the left-hand side at any point. In the end it doesn't matter because you'll end up with the same equation.
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