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Math 20C.
Midterm Exam 1
October 17, 2005
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1. (6 points) Consider the vectors
v
=
h
6
,
2
,

3
i
and
w
=
h
2
,
2
,
1
i
.
(a) Find a vector normal to both,
v
and
w
.
v
×
w
¯
¯
¯
¯
¯
¯
i
j
k
6
2

3

2
2
1
¯
¯
¯
¯
¯
¯
= (2 + 6)
i

(6

6)
j
+ (12 + 4)
k
=
h
8
,
0
,
16
i
.
A solution is any vector proportional to
v
×
w
. For example
u
=
h
1
,
0
,
2
i
.
(b) Find the area of the parallelogram formed by
v
and
w
.
A
=

v
×
w

=
p
8
2
+ 16
2
=
p
8
2
(1 + 4) = 8
√
5
.
(c) Find a vector of length one in the direction of
v
.

v

=
√
36 + 4 + 9 =
√
49 = 7
.
u
=
v

v

=
1
7
h
6
,
2
,

3
i
.
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Score
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2
3
4
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View Full Document2. (6 points) Find an equation for the plane that passes through the points (1
,
1
,
1),
(1
,

1
,
1), and (0
,
0
,
2).
Let
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