I was given parametric equations.
x(t) = a(t)
y(t) = b(t)
z(t) = c(t)
where a, b, and c are functions that depend on t.
I was supposed to find equation of the tangent line at t = f given:
y(f) = n
z (f) = o
where m,n,o are some constant numbers
I think this is the relevant equation though its not given.
r(t) = <Px,Py,Pz>+tv
The Attempt at a Solution
I'm super confused here. Given that the derivative of x(t),y(t),z(t) are all 0 at t=f. Then There is no slope whatsoever. That means its basically 3 intersecting planes where x=m, y=n, and z=o. Which isn't a line but a point.
If I use the equation for a line r(t) = <Px,Py,Pz>+tv then,
<Px,Py,Pz> = <m,n,o>
and v = <0,0,0>
so r(t) = <m,n,o>+t<0,0,0> = <m,n,o>
But <m,n,o> is a vector with direction, while I already know that the tangent is only a point (m,n,o) given by the intersection of planes x=m, y=n, z=o.
Is <m,n,o> vector really the tangent line, I feel like there is no 'line' as its a point.