If the coordinates of the points A, B, C, D be

Question:

If the coordinates of the points A, B, C, D be (1, 2, 3), (4, 5, 7), (­−4, 3, −6) and (2, 9, 2) respectively, then find the angle between the lines AB and CD.

Solution:

The coordinates of A, B, C, and D are (1, 2, 3), (4, 5, 7), (­−4, 3, −6), and

(2, 9, 2) respectively.

The direction ratios of AB are (4 − 1) = 3, (5 − 2) = 3, and (7 − 3) = 4

The direction ratios of CD are (2 −(− 4)) = 6, (9 − 3) = 6, and (2 −(−6)) = 8

It can be seen that, $\frac{a_{1}}{a_{2}}=\frac{b_{1}}{b_{2}}=\frac{c_{1}}{c_{2}}=\frac{1}{2}$

Therefore, AB is parallel to CD.

Thus, the angle between AB and CD is either 0° or 180°.

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