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# If the Coordinates of the Points A, B, C, D Are (1, 2, 3), (4, 5, 7), (−4, 3, −6) and (2, 9, 2), Then Find the Angle Between Ab and Cd. - CBSE (Arts) Class 12 - Mathematics

ConceptDirection Cosines and Direction Ratios of a Line

#### Question

If the coordinates of the points ABCD are (1, 2, 3), (4, 5, 7), (−4, 3, −6) and (2, 9, 2), then find the angle between AB and CD.

#### Solution

$\text { The given points are } A \left( 1, 2, 3 \right), B\left( 4, 5, 7 \right), C\left( - 4, 3, - 6 \right) \text{ and } D \left( 2, 9, 2 \right) .$

$\text { We know that the direction ratios of the line joining the points } \left( x_1 , y_1 , z_1 \right) \text { and } \left( x_2 , y_2 , z_2 \right) \text { are } x_2 - x_1 , y_2 - y_1 , z_2 - z_1 .$

$\text { The direction ratios of AB are } \left( 4 - 1 \right), \left( 5 - 2 \right), \left( 7 - 3 \right), \text { i . e } . 3, 3, 4 .$

$\text { The direction ratios of CD are } \left[ 2 - \left( - 4 \right) \right], \left( 9 - 3 \right), \left[ 2 - \left( - 6 \right) \right], \text { i . e }. 6, 6, 8 .$

$\text { Let } \theta \text { be the angle between AB and CD } .$

$\text { We have }$

$a_1 = 3, b_1 = 3, c_1 = 4$

$a_2 = 6, b_2 = 6, c_2 = 8$

$\therefore \cos \theta = \frac{a_1 a_2 + b_1 b_2 + c_1 c_2}{\sqrt{{a_1}^2 + {b_1}^2 + {c_1}^2}\sqrt{{a_2}^2 + {b_2}^2 + {c_2}^2}} = \frac{18 + 18 + 32}{\sqrt{9 + 9 + 16}\sqrt{36 + 36 + 64}} = \frac{68}{68} = 1$

$\Rightarrow \theta = 0°$

$\text { Thus, the angle between AB and CD measures } 0° .$

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Solution If the Coordinates of the Points A, B, C, D Are (1, 2, 3), (4, 5, 7), (−4, 3, −6) and (2, 9, 2), Then Find the Angle Between Ab and Cd. Concept: Direction Cosines and Direction Ratios of a Line.
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