I have to find equation to the plane that contains line (-1,1,2) +(3,2,4)t and is perpendicular to plane 2x+y-3x+4=0
Now, let's hope I don't toss you an incorrect one.
One way to describe a line is by giving a point on that line and one direction vector which describes the orientation of the line in space.
One way to describe a plane is by giving one point that is on the plane and two direction vectors that describe the orientation of the plane in space.
The general form of the equation for the line that is built in this fashion is:
where t is scalar that varies over the entire set of real numbers. The vector is simply the point that is on the line. And the vector gives the direction from that point. By varying t over the real numbers we can get in the coordinates of any point that is on that line.
The situation with the plane is similar, but we need two direction vectors (cannot be colinear, or we are not describing a plane):
Here r and s vary over the real numbers.
We can describe a line in 2-dimensional space by alternative means, giving a point on the line and a perpendicular (to the line) vector.
And we can do the same in 3-dimensional space for the plane. We need a point and perpendicular (to the plane) vector.
We call these vectors normal. One line, respectively plane, can have many different normal vectors. All of them are though, colinear. For example if [1,1] is normal vector for some line, so are [2,2], [3,3],[4,4] etc.
The equation of the line, built this way, looks like this:
Where is the known point on the plane, and is a normal vector to that plane. Any point that statisfies the equation is on the plane.
Both types of equation of the plane (or line) are convenient for slightly different purposes. The first one gives very quick way of generating arbitrary points, laying on the described plane (think 3D computer graphics applications). The second is way more useful in giving an answer if some specific point lies on the plane, described by the equation.
In addition, normal vectors have that wonderful property that if you have the "traditional" equation of the plane
the coefficients in front of the variables x, y, and z readily form normal vector to that plane. This is possible because any two planes
and (same coefficients, different constant d) are parallel (try to solve the system of these equations and check what do you get for their intersection). So normal vector to will be normal to too. And the normal vector to this plane is simply (a,b,c), because for any (x,y,z) on that plane [a,b,c] . [x, y, z] (sorry for writing the dot product so ugly) must be 0, otherwise the equation won't hold.
Now to the problem:
We are given a line, described by point and direction vector and that line is in our plane. We therefore have a point in our mystery plane [-1,1,2] and a direction vector [3,2,4]. We need another direction vector and we are almost ready. We are given perpendicular plane by it's "traditional" equation and we can immediately read off a normal vector [2,-1,3] this normal vector is the second direction vector we need. The equation is therefore
[-1,1,2]+r[3,2,4]+s[2,-1,3]
How we transfer from this equation to the "traditional" form? We need normal vector such that
(1)
(2)
which gives a nice system:
Tree variables with two equations that guarantees many valid solutions, all laying on one line.
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gets
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Choose for example which leads to [-10, 1, 7] and check
[-10,1,7].[3,2,4]=0
[-10,1,7].[2,-1,3]=0
We have our and we have our
becomes
So we have:
change with
And then check how many mistakes have I made in the calculations