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    [solved]Please check my working - Finding an intersection between a plane and a line

    Edit : Tutor confirmed the messy answer is correct.

    In the assignment, Question 6 relies on correct answers for 4 and 5. I think I have made a small sign error somewhere, since the numbers are not typical of an assignment question otherwise.

    Take a look at Q4 and Q5

    Q6 requires me to find the intersection between both of those (the line L2 in Q4 and the plane in Q5)

    I get down to a final bit that say 101t + 46 = 55 (to find t and then sub back in to the parametric equation)
    This gives me t = 9/101

    However, the fact that if the 46 was negative, it would be 101t = 55+46 would give me t = 1 is too obvious to ignore. So I think I should have 101t-46 = 55 but I can't see where I have gone wrong.
    Attached is my working.


    There is a small mistake in this one, the vector equation for s should be (-3,-1,2) but I wrote (-3,1,3) for some reason. However, in the system below that, you can see it is correct (ie, y = 2 -s -5t)

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    Re: Please check my working - Finding an intersection between a plane and a line

    You are wondering if t=1 might be the answer. Well, t=1 would give x=1+2(1)=3, y=-1+1=0, z=3+4(1)=7 but (3,0,7) doesnít lie on the plane 7x+15y+18z=55. Therefore t=1 canít be correct.
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    Re: Please check my working - Finding an intersection between a plane and a line

    Lukasaurus

    I have verified all these messy calculations and I found no mistake.
    However the method you have used to find the equation of the plane is lengthy and ubnormal
    The problems you stated are typical problems of 3D geometry for IG grade -12 students.
    it would be better to get the equation of the plane finding first the normal to the plane by getting the vector product AB X AC .the rest are easy.

    I have verified also the value of t=9/101 and there is nothing wrong with it.

    is you substitute this value into the parametric equations and then to the equation of the plane you will find 55
    therefore there is nothing wrong with that.

    I wish you Good luck to the next C.I.E exams.
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