Question Video: Finding the Value of an Unknown in the Coordinates of a Point given That It Lies in the π¦π§-Plane Mathematics

Given that the point (7 β π, 12 β π, π) lies in the π¦π§-plane, what is this point?

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Given that the point seven minus π, 12 minus π, π lies in the π¦π§-plane, what is this point?

In this question, weβre given the coordinates of a point in three dimensions, and we can see this contains an unknown value of π. We need to determine these coordinates, which means we need to determine the value of π. And to do this, weβre told that this point lies in the π¦π§-plane. So to answer this question, weβre first going to need to recall what it means for a point to be in the π¦π§-plane. If a point lies in the π¦π§-plane, then its π¦- and π§-coordinates can take any values. However, its π₯-coordinate has to be equal to zero. So, in particular, any point on the π¦π§-plane will have the form zero, π, π, where π and π can be any real numbers.

Therefore, because the point given to us in the question lies in the π¦π§-plane, we can conclude its π₯-coordinate must be equal to zero. So setting this equal to zero, we get the equation seven minus π is equal to zero. And we can solve for the value of π. Weβll add π to both sides of our equation, giving us that our value of π is equal to seven. Now, all we need to do is substitute π is equal to seven into our point. Substituting π is equal to seven into our point, we get the point seven minus seven, 12 minus seven, seven. And if we calculate each of these expressions, we get the point zero, five, seven which is our final answer.

Therefore, given that the point seven minus π, 12 minus π, π lies in the π¦π§-plane, we were able to determine that its π₯-coordinate must be equal to zero. This let us find the value of the unknown π to be equal to seven. And we could use this to find the coordinates of our point. These coordinates were zero, five, seven.