posted by manny on .
Find the distance from point P<5,5,2> to the line x=0 , y=5-5t, z=2+t.
I keep getting 0 and that's not the correct answer and I can't figure out what's going wrong.
Expressed in terms of the paratmer t, the squared distance from P to any point on the line is
D^2 = (x1-x2)^2 + (y1-y2)^2 +(z1-z2)^2
=5^2 + (5-5t-5)^2 + (2+t-2)^2
= 25 + 25t^2 + t^2 = 26 t^2 + 25
Differentiate with respect to t and set the derivative equal to zero to find where the distance is a minimum
52t = 0
t = 0
At that value of t, the distance^2 is
D^2 = 25
so D = 5