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Question 12 (b) 

Consider the plane x  y + z = 0. b) Let u = . Find vectors v and w such that u = v + w, where v is in the plane and w is perpendicular to the plane. 
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Hint 

What happens when you apply the projection of (a) to the vector u? 
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Solution 

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Please rate my easiness! It's quick and helps everyone guide their studies. If we apply the projection of (a) to the vector u, we get a vector w that is orthogonal to the plane. To get v, we simply subtract w from u. To verify that v is indeed on the plane, we compute that: , which shows that the vector v has no competent that is orthogonal to the plane. Thus v must lie in the plane itself. Let's perform the necessary calculations to get w and v. We have And hence . Note: It is also easy to directly verify that v satisfies the equation x  y + z = 0 of the plane, since . 