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    Unhappy Parametric Equations Help!

    Two round pieces of rock are moving through space. The first rock has a diameter 0.3m and traveling on a line given by the parametric equation:
    x(t) = 2+t, y(t) = -1 - t, z(t) = t

    The second rock has a diameter of 0.1m and traveling on the line with parametric equation:
    x(s) = 3 - s, y(s) = 1, z(s) = 1 + s

    Calculate distance between the two lines and use this distance to prove that both rocks will not collide.
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    The distance is given by \sqrt{(x_1-x_2)^2+(y_1-y_2)^2+(z_1-z_2)^2}, now you'll get a function for the distance in terms of the time. Now show this function will never value (0.3+0.1), so the rocks don't collide.
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