Science:Math Exam Resources/Courses/MATH152/April 2013/Question B 02 (d)
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Question B 02 (d) 

Let , and . Let be the triangle whose vertices are A,B, and C. Find the point D on the plane P from part (c) such that A,B,C and D form a rectangle. 
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Hint 1 

First, let . Compute the vectors and . 
Hint 2 

Compute the dot products with all four of the vectors from the hint and part (b) corresponding to the right angles. These are
Notice the last one was done already in part (b). Use this information and the plane from part (c) to get a system of equations that one can solve. 
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Solution 1 

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Please rate my easiness! It's quick and helps everyone guide their studies. Let . First we compute the vectors as stated in hint one. These are given by
Taking dot products of these values as stated in hint 2 we have
It turns out we will not use the first equation. Rearranging the middle two equations above gives
Lastly, recall that the plane P is given by . Using this with the two equations above gives
and solving yields that . Using this, the system of two equations above reduces to
Summing these yields and so and substituting this above gives . Thus the solution is 
Solution 2 

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Please rate my easiness! It's quick and helps everyone guide their studies. From part (b) we have that the triangle ABC is a rightangled triangle and so if we reflect along the hypotenuse connecting AC we will have a rectangle. We can achieve this by adding the vector BC to the vector A. We have and so
and This point is on the plane because the vectors BA and BC span the plane and this point is written as a linear combination of these vectors. 