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1 Mathematics Revision Guides Further Vectors (MEI) (column notation) Page of MK HOME TUITION Mathematics Revision Guides Level: AS / A Level - MEI OCR MEI: C FURTHER VECTORS (MEI) Version : Date: -9-7

2 Mathematics Revision Guides Further Vectors (MEI) (column notation) Page of Further -D Vector Problems Parametric Vector Equation of a Plane In two dimensions, it was possible to obtain a vector equation of a line given the position vector, a, of one point and the direction vector, b, of a line joining two other points In other words, a line could be described in the form r a + b otherwise known as the parametric vector equation of a line A plane is a two-dimensional portion of three-dimensional space, and it too can be defined in terms of vectors The diagram on the right represents the x-y plane in three dimensions, in other words the set of all points (x, y, z) where z It can be seen that any point in the plane can be defined in terms of the position vector of one point (here the origin) and a combination of two direction vectors, here i and j for convenience Any point in the x-y plane can be defined as + i + j, where the k-component is zero For example the point (,, ) + Remember that i, j and k The previous example was deliberately chosen for simplicity However, any two vectors in the plane can be chosen to define the plane, provided they are not parallel

3 Mathematics Revision Guides Further Vectors (MEI) (column notation) Page of Again, z, but this time we have chosen point P with position vector p i + j as the starting point, and direction vectors a i + j and b i j In column notation, p, a and b The example shows how the point Q with position vector q can be expressed as q p + a + b where and The equation above is the parametric vector equation of the plane, analogous to q p + a, the parametric vector equation of a line Example (): The vector r 8 is of the form r + + Find the values of and + + A (equating i components) + - B (equating j components) + 7 A - B This gives -, and substituting in A gives r + - The previous example was deliberately set to be easy the next one calls for a little more work

4 Mathematics Revision Guides Further Vectors (MEI) (column notation) Page of Example (): Three points A, B and C have position vectors, and respectively i) Give the parametric vector equation of the plane containing the three points ii) Point P has position vector 8 7 Is it coplanar with points A, B and C? iii) Point Q has position vector 8 Is it coplanar with points A, B and C? i) Firstly, we find the direction vectors AB and AC : AB b a - AC c a - One vector equation of the plane is + + ii) Having established a vector equation for the plane, we then need to prove that values of and exist such that Equating i-, j- and k-components we have + - A (equating i components) + + B (equating j components) + - C (equating k components) ( +9+) + 9 B C This gives, and substituting into equation A gives + -

5 Mathematics Revision Guides Further Vectors (MEI) (column notation) Page of Checking equation B gives + + 8, and likewise checking equation C gives 6 - All the equations are consistent, and so point P is coplanar with A, B and C iii) This time we check for values of and satisfying A (equating i components) + + B (equating j components) + -- C (equating k components) ( +9+) B C This gives, and substituting into equation A gives + - Substituting into equation B gives which is inconsistent point Q is not coplanar with A, B, C and P Example (): Three points A, B and C have position vectors a, b and c respectively Give the parametric vector equation of the plane containing the three points Does anything go wrong here? AB b a - AC c a - One vector equation of the plane is + + We have hit a problem here, because AC is a scalar multiple of AB, in fact AC AB, meaning that the two direction vectors are parallel

6 Mathematics Revision Guides Further Vectors (MEI) (column notation) Page 6 of The resulting parametric vector equation can be simplified to +, which is the equation of a straight line and not a plane

7 Mathematics Revision Guides Further Vectors (MEI) (column notation) Page 7 of Scalar product form Another way of defining a plane is to select a vector on the plane and another vector perpendicular to it Here we have defined the illustrated x-y plane by a random vector AR within it and a perpendicular vector to it Since we are dealing with the x-y plane, a suitable perpendicular vector is k, parallel to the z-axis The perpendicular vector is labelled n (normal) by convention AR n and so (r - a)n and thus rn an by dot product rules If we know a and n we can work out an Since A is the origin, its position vector a is The position vector of R, r, is an ()(k), so the equation of the plane is rn an (k) Any vector in the x-y plane could have been used here: thus k is equally suitable

8 Mathematics Revision Guides Further Vectors (MEI) (column notation) Page 8 of The previous example was again rather trivial this one is a slightly more difficult Example (): Points A and B have position vectors of a and b respectively Find a vector perpendicular to AB and hence the scalar product form of the equation of the plane containing points A and B AB b a - The perpendicular vector n is of the form c b a where n AB We thus need to find values of a, b and c where c b a a + b + c a, b, c - is one such set of values (There are infinitely many others - a, b, c - is another case) n is perpendicular to the plane containing AB An equation of the plane can then be generalised by again finding the dot product, but this time between a and n: an + + (We could have used b to arrive at the same result: bn + - ) One vector equation of the plane in scalar product form is therefore rn an r for all vectors r in the plane

9 Mathematics Revision Guides Further Vectors (MEI) (column notation) Page 9 of Cartesian Equation of a Plane The scalar product form of the equation of a plane was given as rn p where r is the position vector of a point in the plane, n is a vector perpendicular to the plane and p is a number to be determined If n a b c and r be ax + by + cz p x y z, then their dot product will be ax + by + cz and the equation of the plane will In other words, the coefficients a, b and c will be equal to the i-, j- and k-components of the perpendicular vector n To find p, we substitute for x, y and z in the vector r in the plane The plane in the last example had a vector equation of r The Cartesian equation is thus x y z Example (): A plane is perpendicular to vector n r x + y - z lies on the plane Find the Cartesian equation of the plane for all vectors r in the plane, and the point with position vector The equation of the plane is x - y + z p (coefficients equal the i-, j- and k-components of n) Substituting x, y and z (the i-, j- and k-components of r) into x - y + z p gives p the equation of the plane is x - y + z Example (6): Give the Cartesian equation of the plane with vector equation r n 7, where n The dot product r n will be x + y + z, and the equation of the plane will be x + y + z 7

10 Mathematics Revision Guides Further Vectors (MEI) (column notation) Page of Example (7): Points A and B have position vectors of a and b respectively (same as in Example ) i) Show that the vector n is perpendicular to AB ii) Find the Cartesian equation of the plane containing points A and B AB b a - Taking the scalar product,, n is perpendicular to AB An equation of the plane can then be generalised by again finding the dot product of a and n : an From this result, another vector equation of the plane in scalar product form is therefore rn an r for all vectors r in the plane Another Cartesian equation of the plane is thus z y x x - z This result looks quite different from x + y - z obtained earlier, but substituting (x, y, z) (,, ) (position vector of point A) satisfies both + and ()-() Similarly, substituting (x, y, z) (,, ) (position vector of point B) satisfies both + and ()-()

11 Mathematics Revision Guides Further Vectors (MEI) (column notation) Page of Example (8): Three points A, B and C have position vectors, and respectively i) Find a vector perpendicular to both AB and AC, and hence give the Cartesian equation of the plane containing the three points ii) Point P has position vector 8 7 Is it coplanar with points A, B and C? iii) Point Q has position vector 8 Is it coplanar with points A, B and C? i) Firstly, we find the direction vectors AB and AC : AB b a - AC c a - Next, we find a vector r q p such that AB r q p and AC r q p r q p p + q + r (A) r q p p + q -r (B)

12 Mathematics Revision Guides Further Vectors (MEI) (column notation) Page of Firstly, we eliminate one of the variables p, q and r here p is eliminated p + q + r p + q -6r 9q + 9r A B A-B From this result, q + r, so q -r We can therefore let q and r - (the simplest case) Substituting for q and r in either dot product equation gives us p: (first equation chosen here) p p + - p - p and p The perpendicular vector is therefore x + y z d where d is to be determined, and the corresponding Cartesian equation is To find d, we substitute the coordinates for any of points A, B, or C : Thus (for point A) + ; (check: for point B) + The Cartesian equation of the plane containing the three points is thus x + y z ii) Substituting the coordinates for point P into the Cartesian equation gives (-) This final value of is consistent, so point P is coplanar with A, B and C iii) Substituting the coordinates for point Q into the Cartesian equation gives 8 + (-) This final value of is inconsistent, so point P is not coplanar with A, B and C

13 Mathematics Revision Guides Further Vectors (MEI) (column notation) Page of Example (9): A triangle has vertices at A (,, ), B (,, 6) and C (6, -, -) Find a vector perpendicular to both AB and AC, and hence give the Cartesian equation of the plane containing the triangle Give the result in the form ax + by + cz d where a, b, c and d are integers Firstly, we find the direction vectors AB and AC : AB b a 6 - AC c a 6 - Next, we find a vector r q p such that AB r q p and AC r q p r q p p + q + r (A) r q p p - q -r (B) We can eliminate q by adding equations A and B p + q + r A p - q -r B 7p - r A+B From here, 7p r We can therefore let p and r (the simplest case to make q an integer) Substituting for p and r in either dot product equation gives us q: (first equation chosen here) q + q + q + q -7

14 Mathematics Revision Guides Further Vectors (MEI) (column notation) Page of One perpendicular vector is therefore 7 The corresponding Cartesian equation of the plane is x - 7y + z d where d is to be determined To find d, we substitute the coordinates for any of points A, B, or C : Thus (for point A) () -7() + () (check: for point B) () -7() + (6) The Cartesian equation of the plane containing the three points is thus x - 7y + z

15 Mathematics Revision Guides Further Vectors (MEI) (column notation) Page of Finding the Cartesian equation of a plane from parametric vector form This method is analogous to earlier methods for finding Cartesian equations of lines from vector form, but this time we need to find two parameters rather than one Example(): Find the Cartesian equation of the plane with parametric vector equation r + + Expressing r x y z and equating i-, j- and k-components we have x + + y - + z + A (equating i components) B (equating j components) C (equating k components) Starting with equation C, we obtain z- Substituting for in B gives y - + z- z - - y Finally, substituting for both and in Agives x + (z - - y) + (z- ) x + z - - y + z x + y z

16 Mathematics Revision Guides Further Vectors (MEI) (column notation) Page 6 of The intersection of a line and a plane There are three possibilities: The line may intersect the plane at a single point The line may be parallel to the plane and never intersect The line may be entirely inside the plane Example (): A laser beam is aimed from the point (,, ) in the direction plane surface containing the point (,, ) The vector is perpendicular to the plane towards a i) Find the coordinate of the point where the laser beam meets the surface of the plane ii) What would happen if the laser beam were aimed from the same point and towards the same plane, but in the direction 6? iii) What would happen if the laser beam were aimed at the same plane and in the direction 6 as in ii), but this time from the point (,, )? i) We need to find the vector form of the path of the beam and the Cartesian equation of the plane first: The path of the laser beam (in vector form) is + The Cartesian equation of the plane is x y + z p where (x, y, z) is the position vector of a point on the plane We are given that the point (,, ) lies on the plane Substituting for x, y and z gives p +, and so the Cartesian equation of the plane is x y + z The position vector of a general point on the laser beam s path is given as x y z To find where the line meets the plane, we therefore substitute for x, y and z in the equation of the plane, find the value of the parameter, and finally substitute for in the equation for the line Thus (-) (-) + (-)

17 Mathematics Revision Guides Further Vectors (MEI) (column notation) Page 7 of Substituting in the equation of the laser beam s path gives a point with position vector + 6 the laser beam meets the plane at the point (6,, ) ii) The equation of the plane is identical to that in part i), but this time a general point on the laser x beam s path has a position vector of y 6 z Substitution for x, y and z in the equation of the plane gives (-) (-6) + (-) The s seem to have cancelled out and left an inconsistent result There is no solution, therefore the line and the plane do not meet and the line is parallel to the plane Another way of showing the result would be to use dot products The vector n is perpendicular to the plane, and if the direction vector of the laser beam is also perpendicular to n, then the laser beam s ray is parallel to the plane In fact, 6 - +, the laser beam is parallel to the plane and never meets it iii) The equation of the plane is identical to that in both previous parts, and this time a general point on the laser beam s path has position vector x y z 6 Substitution for x, y and z in the equation of the plane gives (-) (-6) + (-) Again, the s seem to have cancelled out but this time we have a consistent result, true for all This corresponds to the line actually being on the plane itself Again, the dot product of the laser s direction vector and the normal is zero as in ii), but we could show that the point (,, ) is on the plane simply by substituting into x, y and z in the equation of the plane to give +

18 Mathematics Revision Guides Further Vectors (MEI) (column notation) Page 8 of The (acute) angle between a line and a plane We use a variant of the formula for the angle between two lines cos pq modified to cos an p q a n where a is the direction vector of the line and n is the direction vector of the normal (perpendicular) to the plane The modulus function is used to ensure an acute-angle solution Note also that the angle is that of the normal to the plane to obtain the angle between line and plane we must subtract the result from 9 or modify the formula to sin an a n since sin cos (9-) Example (): A laser beam is aimed in the direction a perpendicular to the vector n and meets a plane surface Find the angle between the laser beam and the plane We substitute into the modified dot product formula sin an a n sin ( )() ( )( ) ( )() ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) sin to dp

19 Mathematics Revision Guides Further Vectors (MEI) (column notation) Page 9 of The intersection of two planes There are three possibilities: The planes may intersect, having a line in common The planes may be parallel and never intersect The planes may be coincident When the equations of two planes are given in scalar product form or Cartesian form it is easy to find out whether they intersect or not If two planes have equations of r and r that they are parallel, since they are both perpendicular to the same normal 7 respectively, then it can be seen at once Example (): Two planes have Cartesian equations of x + 8y z and x- 6y + 9z respectively Show that they are parallel Both equations can be factorised out to give (x + y z) and (x + y z) The bracketed terms are equal, therefore the planes are parallel as each can be written in the form r p The planes are not only parallel, but also coincident, since each is a multiple of x + y z Example (): Find the equation of the line of intersection of the two planes 7x - y + z - and x + y + z Give the result both in Cartesian and vector form 7x - y + z - A x + y + z B x + y B A (eliminating z) The last equation can be rewritten as x + y x - y 7x - y + z - A x + y + z B x + z A +B (eliminating y) The last equation can be rewritten as x + z x The Cartesian equations of the line are thus x - y x a d z z y b e z c f We must now rewrite the equations in the form ( ), ie x y z, to give the Cartesian equation of the line

20 Mathematics Revision Guides Further Vectors (MEI) (column notation) Page of To express the equation of the line in vector form, we just read off the values a to f in the Cartesian equation, and the position vector is c b a, with direction vector f e d The vector equation of the line is + This expression is correct, but by setting +, we can write the equation without fractions: + + position vector +, direction vector + 6

21 Mathematics Revision Guides Further Vectors (MEI) (column notation) Page of The angle between two planes The acute angle between two planes P and P is the same as the angle between their normals N and N, as the diagram on the right shows To find the acute angle between two planes, we therefore find the angle between the direction vectors of their normals, ie the angle satisfying cos pq p q where p and q are the direction vectors of the normals (We use the modulus function to ensure the acute angle) Example (): Find the acute angle between the two planes whose Cartesian equations are 6x + y + z and x y + z 9 From the Cartesian equations, we can obtain the direction vectors of the normals at once: n 6 and n From there we substitute into the equation for the angle between two lines: 6 ( 8) cos cos 6 ( ) cos cos ( )( ) ( ) Example (6): Find the acute angle between the two planes whose scalar product equations are r 7 and r We just find the angle between the normals to obtain cos ( ) ( ) cos cos cos cos ( 6 7))

22 Mathematics Revision Guides Further Vectors (MEI) (column notation) Page of Notice how the right-hand sides of the equations in each case do not affect the result In Example, we found that the acute angle between the planes with Cartesian equations 6x + y + z and x y + z 9 was 76 The same result would have held if the planes equations were (say) 6x + y + z and x y + z

23 Mathematics Revision Guides Further Vectors (MEI) (column notation) Page of Distance of a plane from the origin (Unit vectors will be referred to in the underlined form nˆ rather than boldface due to software issues) If a plane has the equation r nˆ d, where nˆ is a unit vector normal to the plane, then d is the perpendicular distance of the plane from the origin Example (7): A plane contains a point A, whose position vector is a This plane is also normal to the vector Find the perpendicular distance of the plane from the origin Firstly we must write the vector equation in scalar product form: r a r r The vector is normal to the plane, but it is not of unit length In fact its length is ) ( or units We therefore divide the equation by throughout to obtain r 7 giving the perpendicular distance of the plane from the origin as 7 units

24 Mathematics Revision Guides Further Vectors (MEI) (column notation) Page of Distance between parallel planes The method used in the previous example can also be adapted to obtain the distance between parallel planes Supposing one plane had the equation r r They would be normal to the same vector, namely 7, and another one had the equation and therefore parallel The same would apply to a plane with equation r be on the other side of the origin to r 7 -, except that in this case the plane would Example (8): Find the distance between the planes with equations r 7 and r - We found the distance of the plane r We therefore again we divide the equation r r with equation r 7 from the origin in the last question - by (the length of the normal) and obtain units, ie the plane is units from the origin, but on the opposite side to the plane 7 the distance between the planes is 7 - ( ) units, or units

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