Science:Math Exam Resources/Courses/MATH152/April 2012/Question 01 (d)
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Question 01 (d) 

Let be the plane perpendicular to and through the point P=[1,1,0]. Let be the plane through the points A=[1,0,0], B=[1,2,1], C=[0,1,1]. By L, we denote the line of intersection of and . Calculate the area of the triangle ABC. 
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How can we relate the area of a triangle formed between two vectors to the cross product? 
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Please rate my easiness! It's quick and helps everyone guide their studies. The area of the parallelogram spanned by two vectors is the magnitude of their cross product. The area of a triangle is half the area of a parallelogram. The parallelogram form by A, B, and C is spanned by and which in 1(a), we already determined were We need the cross product of this, but as we saw in 1(a), this is just the normal vector to the plane and therefore . Therefore the area of the triangle is 