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Punch

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Jan 29, 2012
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The equation of the lines l1 and l2 are are r=(4+t)i + (a+3t)j + (2-3t)k and r=(1-2s)i + (1-s)j + (1+s)k respectively, where t and s are real parameters. It is given that the lines intersect. Find the value of a.
 

Prove It

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Jan 26, 2012
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The equation of the lines l1 and l2 are are r=(4+t)i + (a+3t)j + (2-3t)k and r=(1-2s)i + (1-s)j + (1+s)k respectively, where t and s are real parameters. It is given that the lines intersect. Find the value of a.
Since the lines intersect, there must be some point where the i, j and k components are all equal. So set them equal to each other and try to solve the system.
 

HallsofIvy

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Jan 29, 2012
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Notice that you will have three equations in only two variables. Solve the i and j equations for r and t, then put those values into the k equation to determine a.