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    intersecting lines

    Given the intersecting lines: L1: x = 3t - 3, y = -2t, z = 6t + 7
    L2: x = s - 6, y = -3s - 5, z = 2s + 1

    a) Find the (acute) angle, rounded to the nearest degree, between the lines.
    b) Find the point of intersection of the two lines
    c) Find the equation of the plane containing the two lines.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tdat1979 View Post
    Given the intersecting lines: L1: x = 3t - 3, y = -2t, z = 6t + 7
    L2: x = s - 6, y = -3s - 5, z = 2s + 1

    a) Find the (acute) angle, rounded to the nearest degree, between the lines.
    b) Find the point of intersection of the two lines
    c) Find the equation of the plane containing the two lines.
    a)

    v * u  = |v||u|cos(\theta)

    So all you need is 2 vectors that align with those 2 lines. E.g.
     v = \left(\frac{dx}{dt},\frac{dy}{dt},\frac{dz}{dt}\ri  ght) , u =  \left(\frac{dx}{ds},\frac{dy}{ds},\frac{dz}{ds}\ri  ght)

    Hope that helps, but if you still have problems I'll try to help some more.
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    To find the point of intersection, solve the two equation x= 3t- 3= s- 6 and y= -2= -3s-5 for s and t, then check to be sure they also satisfy z= 6t+ 7= 2s+ 1. (In three dimensions most pairs of lines don't intersect but since they ask for the point of intersection, I presume these do.)

    To find the plane they both lie in, take the cross product of the "direction vectors" (that you also used in finding the angle between them) to find a vector perpendicular to both and use that as the "normal vector" to the plane.
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    This exact question was answered on "Question on Intersecting Lines"

    and you also posted this same question again on " lines/planes?"
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