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Vectors - University Past Questions

2013 End Exam - UOM

1. Suppose and are four distinct points with position vectors and respectively.
1.1. Show that and lie on a straight line if and only if there exist constants and , not
all zero, such that and
1.2. Show that and lie on a plain if and only if there exist constants and , not all
zero, such that and
1.3. Find constants and such that the points and lie on a straight line.
1.4. Find the constant such that the points and lie on a plane.

2. And are vertices a given tetrahedron.


Determine,
2.1. The volume of the tetrahedron
2.2. The equation of the straight line through and
2.3. The equation of the plane through and
2.4. The foot of the perpendicular from to the plane through and

2015 End Exam - UOP

3.
3.1. Three vectors ⃗⃗⃗⃗⃗⃗ ⃗⃗⃗⃗⃗⃗ and ⃗⃗⃗⃗⃗⃗ are given by and respectively. Where and
are non-collinear points. Let denotes the area of the quadrilateral and denotes the
area of the parallelogram with and adjacent edges. If find the value of .
3.2. Coordinates of the points and on a rigid body are given as and
respectively. A force of magnitude acting on the body passes through O parallel
to the direction ⃗⃗⃗⃗⃗⃗ . Forces and also acting on the same
body pass through the points and respectively. If the system reduces to a couple , find
and . Find the couple in the form of .

4.
4.1. Equations of two lines and are given as; . If lines and
meet at the point ,
4.1.1. Find the value for and the coordinates of .
4.1.2. Determine the equation of the plane that passes through two intersecting lines and
.
4.2. Equation of the plane is given by . If is the foot of the normal line
drawn from the point to the plane , find the coordinates of .