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**beefjerky****Member**- Registered: 2008-03-17
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Please provide all steps and state the answer, please and thank you.

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Determine parametric equations for the plane through the points A(2, 1, 1), B(0, 1, 3), and C(1, 3, −2).

2.

Determine a vector equation for the plane that is parallel to the xy -plane and passes through the point (4, 1, 3).

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**Mikael****Member**- Registered: 2008-04-10
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question 2 is a favorite problem in high school vectors. i hope my small answer would be enough

**Qu:what is the vector equation of a Plane ( containing points P, say) which is parallel to xy plane and passes through point A (4,1,3) ??**

well

(1) as the plane is parallel to the xy plane, then... it is perpendicular to the z axis!!!

so, the normal vector is the k vector.

normal vector n = c k,

where c is a number and k is the vector along the z axis.

(2) if the plane passes through point A(4,1,3) then from anywhere in the plane, take a point P. We can contruct a vector lying on the plane itself

AP = OP - OA

which is at right angles to the normal vector of the plane.

(3) as vectors n and AP are at right angles to each other, their dot product is zero.

So, n. AP = 0

the vector equation is:

k. ( r - OA) = 0

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