Science:Math Exam Resources/Courses/MATH152/April 2010/Question B 06 (c)
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Question B 06 (c) 

Consider the triangle T in three dimensions with vertices (0, 1, 2), (1, 1, 5) and (−1, 2, 2). Consider also the plane P that contains T. Write an equation for P in the form with b, c and d to be determined. 
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Hint 

There are three unknowns and we know 3 vectors on P, so plugging them in will give a 3 by 3 linear system that can be solved by Gaussian elimination. However, this is not an efficient method. We know from part (b) that vectors lying in the plane P (meaning we can draw the heads and tails both in P) should all be perpendicular to the normal vector. Use this information to define an equation using dot product. 
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Solution 

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Please rate my easiness! It's quick and helps everyone guide their studies. First pick a known vector on P. A convenient choice will be (0, 1, 2) (other vertices will work too). Let (x, y, z) be an arbitrary vector on P (this represents all possible vectors on P, drawn with tail at origin and head on P), then the difference (x, y, z)  (0, 1, 2) gives a vector lying in P. This vector must then be perpendicular to the normal vector, which gives the equation: So Dividing both sides by gives 