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Homework Help: Math: Vectors - Collinear

Posted by Anonymous on Monday, February 25, 2008 at 8:39pm.

Can you please check whether my answers are correct? If they aren't, how would you find if the points are parallel to one another with 3 coordinates?



Using vectors, demonstrate that these points are collinear.


a)
P(15 , 10)
Q(6 , 4)
R(-12 , -8)

Vector PQ = (-9 , -6)
Vector QR = (-18 , -12)
Vector RP = (27 , -18)

(-9 / 27 / -18) = (-6 / -18 / -12)

Therefore, not collinear.




b)
D(33, -5, 20)
E(6, 4, -16)
F(9, 3, -12)

Vector DE = (-27, 9, -36)
Vector EF = (3, -1, 4)
Vector FD = (24, -8, 7)

(-27 / 3 / 24) = (9 / - 1 / -8) = (-36 / 4 / 7)

Therefore, not collinear.

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