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    Vectors problem

    Vectors problem-img00707-20100813-1747.jpgAny help is appreciated.
    To begin with i did when x=0
    y=c1
    so i got the (0 c1) part
    I don't know how to proceed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kandyfloss View Post
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ID:	18563Any help is appreciated.
    To begin with i did when x=0
    y=c1
    so i got the (0 c1) part
    I don't know how to proceed.
    1. Determine the coordinates of the x- and y-intercept of L1:

    A(0, c_1) and B\left(-\frac{c_1}{m_1}~,~0\right)

    2. The line L1 passes through A with the staionary vector \vec a = (0,c_1) and B with the staionary vector \vec b = \left(-\frac{c_1}{m_1}~,~0\right)

    3. L_1:\vec r = (0,c_1)+\mu \underbrace{\left(\left(0,c_1\right) - \left(-\frac{c_1}{m_1}~,~0\right) \right)}_{direction\ of\ L_1}

    L_1:\vec r = (0,c_1)+\mu \underbrace{\left( \frac{c_1}{m_1}~,~c_1 \right)}_{direction\ of\ L_1}

    Factor out \frac{c_1}{m_1} and set \lambda = \mu \cdot \frac{c_1}{m_1} and you'll get the given result.
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    To start with, to show that

    \left(\begin{matrix}x \\ y\end{matrix}\right) = \left(\begin{matrix}\phantom{-}0\\-\frac{c}{b}\end{matrix}\right) + \lambda \left(\begin{matrix}\phantom{-}b\\-a\end{matrix}\right) is another way of writing ax + by + c = 0, you will need to evaluate \lambda...


    By expanding and simplifying we find that

    \left(\begin{matrix}x \\ y\end{matrix}\right) = \left(\begin{matrix}\phantom{-}\lambda b\\-\frac{c+\lambda ab}{b}\end{matrix}\right)

    and so

    x = \lambda b and y = -\frac{c + \lambda ab}{b}.


    From the first equation we can see \lambda = \frac{x}{b} and substituting into the second equation gives

    y = -\frac{c + \left(\frac{x}{b}\right)ab}{b}

    y = -\frac{c + ax}{b}

    -by = c + ax

    0 = ax + by + c as required...
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