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Planes Question

jessicajx22

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May 28, 2019
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Two planes, plane 1 and plane 2, intersect in the line with symmetric equation (x-1)/2 = (y-2)/3 = (z+4)/1. Plane 1 contains the point A(2,1,1) and plane 2 contains the point B(1,2,-1). Find the scalar equations of planes plane 1 and plane 2.

I have no idea how to do it, all help will be appreciated.
 

Klaas van Aarsen

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Mar 5, 2012
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Two planes, plane 1 and plane 2, intersect in the line with symmetric equation (x-1)/2 = (y-2)/3 = (z+4)/1. Plane 1 contains the point A(2,1,1) and plane 2 contains the point B(1,2,-1). Find the scalar equations of planes plane 1 and plane 2.

I have no idea how to do it, all help will be appreciated.
Hi Jessica, welcome to MHB!

A plane can be determined by 3 points that are in the plane.
So let's see if we can find 3 such points.

Obviously plane 1 contains point A(2,1,1).
So we need to use (x-1)/2 = (y-2)/3 = (z+4)/1 to find 2 more points.
Suppose each of them is 0. Then we must have x=1, y=2, z=-4. That is because for instance (1-1)/2=0.
Alternatively, if each of them is 1, then we must have x=3, y=5, z=-3, don't we?

Now we have 3 points in plane 1.
Do you already know what a scalar equation of a plane is?
And perhaps how to find it based on 3 points?