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    Question Find the intersection of the line and plane

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    a) Determine whether the line
    x=3+8t
    y=4+5t
    z=-3-t
    is parallel to the plane x-3y+5z =12.

    Note: I know how to solve part a) - the answer is the line and plane are not parallel.

    b) Find the intersection of the line and the plane.

    Note: Could you please teach me how to solve part b). Thank you very much.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jenny20 View Post
    question
    a) Determine whether the line
    x=3+8t
    y=4+5t
    z=-3-t
    is parallel to the plane x-3y+5z =12.

    Note: I know how to solve part a) - the answer is the line and plane are not parallel.
    The aligned vector with the line is,
    \bold{v}=8\bold{i}+5\bold{j}-\bold{k}
    The normal vector with the plane is,
    \bold{u}=\bold{i}-3\bold{k}+5\bold{k}.
    Now think about this....
    A line and plane are parallel implies that the aligned vector is perpendicular (orthogonal) to the normal vector.
    To check this we look at the dot product which is not zero. Thus, they are not parallel.

    b) Find the intersection of the line and the plane.
    Substitute those values of x,y,z into the equation of plane.
    (3+8t)-3(4+5t)+5(-3-t)=12
    Thus,
    3+8t-12-15t-15-5t=12
    -12t-24=12
    -12t=36
    t=-3.

    Thus,
    \left\{ \begin{array}{c} x=3+8t=3+8(-3)=-21 \\ y=4+5t=4+5(-3)=-11\\ z=-3-t=-3-(-3)=0 \end{array} \right\}
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    Thank you very much ThePerfectHacker!
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