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    Differentiability and Tangent Plane

    find the x, y, and z intercepts of the plane tangent to the sphere of radius sqrt(14) with center at the origin, at the point (1,2,3)?
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    Re: Differentiability and Tangent Plane

    You could start with the observation that the vector (1, 2, 3) is normal to the plane you need to find, and this, along with the fact that this point (1, 2, 3) is in the plane, determines the plane uniquely.
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    Re: Differentiability and Tangent Plane

    Quote Originally Posted by apatite View Post
    find the x, y, and z intercepts of the plane tangent to the sphere of radius sqrt(14) with center at the origin, at the point (1,2,3)?
    I hope that you realize that this is not a homework service.
    Therefore, you are expected to show some effort on your part.

    If f=x^2+y^2+z^2-14, then the normal of the plane is \nabla f(1,2,3).
    Last edited by Plato; February 17th 2013 at 09:40 AM.
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