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    Find an equation of a plane normal to a given vector

    I have to find an equation for a plane normal to r(t)=< e^t sin(\frac{\pi{}}2{t}), e^t cos(\frac{\pi{}}2{t}), t^2 >
    when t=1

    Is the equation in the form:

     <a,b,c> . <x,y,z> - r(1) = 0?

    would i take the derivative of x, y, and z?

    Would this require the product rule for x, and y individually? not z of course!


    here is my attempt at just the product rule of x alone:

    e^t d/dx(sin(\frac{\pi{}}2{t}) + sin(\frac{\pi{}}2{t}) . d/dx (e^t)

    would it then be?

     e^t cos(\frac{\pi{}}2{t}) + e^t sin(\frac{\pi{}}2{t})

    I guess my 2 questions are. is my generic form correct of the equation for a plane normal to the vector correct above?
    and when i take the derivative do i use the product rule and did i do it correctly?

    I am not sure how to get <a,b,c> and the point <x,y,z> either.

    I am completely lost

    Thank you
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    Re: Find an equation of a plane normal to a given vector

    Quote Originally Posted by icelated View Post
    I have to find an equation for a plane normal to r(t)=< e^t sin(\frac{\pi{}}2{t}), e^t cos(\frac{\pi{}}2{t}), t^2 >
    when t=1
    Is the equation in the form:
     <a,b,c> . <x,y,z> - r(1) = 0?

    You have a great deal of that wrong.
    The equation in the form:
    \nabla r(1) \cdot \left( {\left\langle {x,y,z} \right\rangle  - r(1)} \right) = 0
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    Re: Find an equation of a plane normal to a given vector

    We haven't learned del yet.
    Last edited by icelated; May 21st 2013 at 11:04 AM.
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    Re: Find an equation of a plane normal to a given vector

    Quote Originally Posted by icelated View Post
    We haven't learned del yet.
    Sorry, but I read your post too quickly.
    You need the tangent (velocity) vector to the curve: r'(t).
    That is the normal of the plane. In this case it is \left\langle {{x_t}(1),{y_t}(1),{z_t}(1)} \right\rangle
    Last edited by Plato; May 21st 2013 at 12:11 PM.
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    Re: Find an equation of a plane normal to a given vector

    Quote Originally Posted by icelated View Post
    I have to find an equation for a plane normal to r(t)=< e^t sin(\frac{\pi{}}2{t}), e^t cos(\frac{\pi{}}2{t}), t^2 >
    when t=1

    Is the equation in the form:

     <a,b,c> . <x,y,z> - r(1) = 0?

    would i take the derivative of x, y, and z?

    Would this require the product rule for x, and y individually? not z of course!


    here is my attempt at just the product rule of x alone:

    e^t d/dx(sin(\frac{\pi{}}2{t}) + sin(\frac{\pi{}}2{t}) . d/dx (e^t)

    would it then be?

     e^t cos(\frac{\pi{}}2{t}) + e^t sin(\frac{\pi{}}2{t})
    Not quite. The derivative of sin(\frac{\pi}{2}t) is \frac{\pi}{2}cos(\frac{\pi}{2}t). You forgot the \frac{\pi}{2} multiplying.

    I guess my 2 questions are. is my generic form correct of the equation for a plane normal to the vector correct above?
    and when i take the derivative do i use the product rule and did i do it correctly?

    I am not sure how to get <a,b,c> and the point <x,y,z> either.

    I am completely lost

    Thank you
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