I am just having a difficult time processing this. Suppose I have a line which is orthogonal to a plane meaning that it is parallel to the normal vector of the plane. I just don't understand why a line cannot be orthogonal to two non-parallel planes while a 3rd plane can be orthogonal. Can the line not simply point the same direction as to the normal vector of the 3rd plane which is orthogonal to the 2 non-parallel planes. Like for example, one of the questions I got was: Find $P_3$ if it is possible between 2 planes with equations:
$P_1 : −2x + y − 4z = 2$,
$P_2 : x + 2y = 7$.
I simply found the normal vectors of $(-2,1,-4)$ and $(1,2,0)$ and made normal vector of $P_3$ be $(x,y,z)$ with the dot product $n_3 . n_1 = 0$ and $n_2 . n_1 = 0$ Used matrices, got 1 free variable and got $x = -2t$, $y = t$ , and $z = 5t/4$ where t can be any real number and found a possible general equation equating $t = 4$ to get $P_3 = -8x + 4y + 5z$ from normal vector of $P_3 (-8, 4, 5)$
Find a line which is orthogonal to both $P_1$ and $P_2$. Give an equation if it is possible and explain why it is or is not possible: I simply don't know how to explain why a line is or is not possible though or visualize this. So I need help understanding how this works.
Any help is appreciated. Thanks.