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Find the image of

Answer :

Let P be the point with position vector and M be the image of P in the plane.


In addition, let Q be the foot of the perpendicular from P on to the given plane. So, Q is the midpoint of PM.


Direction ratios of PM are proportional to 2, –1, 1 as PM is normal to the plane and parallel to.


Recall the vector equation of the line passing through the point with position vector and parallel to vector is given by



Here, and


Hence, the equation of PM is




Let the position vector of M be. As M is a point on this line, for some scalar α, we have



Now, let us find the position vector of Q, the midpoint of PM.


Let this be.


Using the midpoint formula, we have







This point lies on the given plane, which means this point satisfies the plane equation.








We have the image




Therefore, image is (1, 2, 1)


Foot of the perpendicular




Thus, the position vector of the image is and that of the foot of perpendicular is.


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