Thomas' Calculus 13th Edition

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ISBN 10: 0-32187-896-5
ISBN 13: 978-0-32187-896-0

Chapter 12: Vectors and the Geometry of Space - Practice Exercises - Page 735: 49



Work Step by Step

The formula to determine the distance formula for two vectors $a$ and $b$ is given by: $d=\dfrac{| a \cdot b|}{|b|}$ Thus, we have $a \cdot b=-1(-1)+(-2)(-4)+(-2)(0)=9$ and $|a \cdot b|=|9|=9$ Now, $d=\dfrac{9}{ \sqrt {(-1)^2+(-2)^2+(-2)^2}}=\dfrac{9}{3}=3$
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