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    Finding the scalar equation of a plane

    Here's the question:
    Find the scalar equation of the plane through the points M(1,2,3) and N(3,2,-1) that is perpendicular to the plane with equation 3x + 2y + 6z +1 = 0.

    Now I know that the normal to the given plane (3,2,6) should be perpendicular to the normal of the required plane but after that, I don't know how to proceed.

    Any help would be much appreciated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dudeface View Post
    Here's the question:
    Find the scalar equation of the plane through the points M(1,2,3) and N(3,2,-1) that is perpendicular to the plane with equation 3x + 2y + 6z +1 = 0.

    Now I know that the normal to the given plane (3,2,6) should be perpendicular to the normal of the required plane but after that, I don't know how to proceed.

    Any help would be much appreciated.

    Thanks,
    Dudeface
    And the problem is that there are an infinite number of vectors perpedicular to that normal vector! However, it is true that the normal vector can be taken be lying in a plane perpedicular to the give plane.

    The vector from (1,2,3) to (2,3,-1), (2-1,3-2,-1-3)= (1,1,-4), also lies in the plane. Find a vector perpendicular to both by taking the cross product. THAT will be normal to the plane you want.
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    Surely you mean between (1,2,3) and (3,2,-1)?
    You mean the cross product between MN and the normal vector of the perpendicular plane (ie (3,2,6))?
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    Use \left\langle {1,2, - 4} \right\rangle  \times \left\langle {2,3,6} \right\rangle as the normal.
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