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# APMTH 21a October 2, 2014

## Practice Midterm Exam 1 Dr. Margo Levine

Name:
Instructions:
Casey Fleeter
Aticus Peterson
Richard Saliba
Diana Sheedy
Brandon Sim
Emily Venable
Tyreke White
James Zatsiorsky
David Zhang
William Zhang
3. Show all work, partial credit will be given for written work
only. Neatness counts.
4. If you need extra space, use the back of a page and make a
note that you have continued elsewhere.
5. Good luck!
Score
1 /20
2 /10
3 /20
4 /20
5 /10
6 /20
Total /100
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Problem 1 (20 points)
In the following questions, give a short, simple reason for your answer. Sometimes the an-
swer is really simple, not requiring any calculation, so read the question carefully (5 points
each).
1. If u and v are orthogonal, what is the relationship of the vector (u v) u to the
vector v (e.g., parallel, perpendicular, neither)?
2. Do y = 0 in rectangular coordinates and sin = 0 in spherical coordinates represent
the same or dierent surfaces in space?
3. Consider the two curves in the plane, r
1
(t) = sin(2t), cos(2t) and r
2
(t) =
2 cos(3t), 2 sin(3t). At t = 0, is the curvature of r
1
greater than, less than, or equal
to the curvature of r
2
?
4. If a b = 0, does a = b?
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Problem 2 (10 points)
Find the arc length of the curve r(t) =t
3
/3, t
4
/2, 2t
5
/5, 0 t 1.
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Problem 3 (20 points)
Consider two lines r
1
(t) = t, 2t, t and r
2
(t) = 1 + t, t, t.
1. (10 points) Find the distance between the two lines.
2. (10 points)
1
is a plane that contains r
1
, and
2
is a plane that contains r
2
(t) and is
also parallel to
1
. Find the equations for the planes
1
and
2
.
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Problem 4 (20 points)
1. (10 points) If |r(t)| = 5, then what can you say about the curve in 3D that is described
by the vector function r(t) ?
2. (10 points) For the vector function r(t) as above, show that r

(t) is orthogonal to r(t)
for all values of t.
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Problem 5 (10 points)
Two helicopters, H
1
and H
2
are traveling together. At time t = 0 hours, they separare and
follow dierent straight-line paths given by
H
1
: x = 6 + 40t y = 3 + 10t, z = 3 + 2t,
H
2
: x = 6 + 110t y = 3 + 4t, z = 3 + t,
all coordinates measured in miles. Due to system malfunctions, H
2
stops its ight at
(446, 13, 1) and, in a negligible amount of time, lands at (446, 13, 0). Two hours later,
H
1
2
at 150mph. How long will it take H
1
to reach
H
2
?
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Problem 6 (20 points)
Suppose we have three sphere of radius 1, centered at A = (1, 2, 0), B(4, 5, 0), and C =
(1, 3, 2), respectively. Find the equation of the plane that is tangent to all three spheres from
the same side. Write the equation of the plane in the form ax + by + cz = d.
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