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November 16th, 2017, 12:34 PM   #1
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Distance and Midpoint Formulas....Brie took off from Oldfield Airport

I was able to get the answer for the second one using the distance formula...but if I am to use the midpoint formula for the first one I am not getting the right answer. Am I wrong thinking it would be the midpoint formula to use or would I use a different formula?
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November 16th, 2017, 12:41 PM   #2
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here is the second one

this one is where distance formula was used
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 November 16th, 2017, 01:13 PM #3 Global Moderator   Joined: May 2007 Posts: 6,613 Thanks: 617 I don't know what you mean by "midpoint formula". To get distance between 2 points in a a plane $\displaystyle (x_1,y_1)\ and\ (x_2,y_2)$, just compute $\displaystyle \sqrt{(x_1-y_1)^2+(x_2-y_2)^2}$.
November 16th, 2017, 01:28 PM   #4
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 Originally Posted by mathman I don't know what you mean by "midpoint formula". To get distance between 2 points in a a plane $\displaystyle (x_1,y_1)\ and\ (x_2,y_2)$, just compute $\displaystyle \sqrt{(x_1-y_1)^2+(x_2-y_2)^2}$.
hello, maybe it is called something else but it looks sorta like the one that you typed out but I believe you would go solve by solving the math between your x's and then divide by 2. then do the math between your y's then divide by 2

then you square your x solution and square your y solution add that new sum together and then find the square root of that.

November 16th, 2017, 01:42 PM   #5
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so like this I think is one way, unless of course my math is wrong
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 November 16th, 2017, 01:57 PM #6 Math Team   Joined: Jul 2011 From: Texas Posts: 2,771 Thanks: 1426 (a) $|OB| = \sqrt{253^2+124^2}$ (b) you correctly answered ... $|BP| = 331.6$ The last question in the problem statement wants to know "which airport is closer to Brie's position"? so, which is closer to B? O or P ?
November 16th, 2017, 03:26 PM   #7
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 Originally Posted by skeeter (a) $|OB| = \sqrt{253^2+124^2}$ (b) you correctly answered ... $|BP| = 331.6$ The last question in the problem statement wants to know "which airport is closer to Brie's position"? so, which is closer to B? O or P ?
Thanks to you both... and thanks for your Great looking post skeeter. Hmm I think I get it now thanks to your math? So for a maybe I am meant to see it as two different sets of points (0,0) and (253,124) ?

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November 22nd, 2017, 05:18 PM   #8
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 Originally Posted by mathman I don't know what you mean by "midpoint formula". To get distance between 2 points in a a plane $\displaystyle (x_1,y_1)\ and\ (x_2,y_2)$, just compute $\displaystyle \sqrt{(x_1-y_1)^2+(x_2-y_2)^2}$.
I learned three formulas for a pair of points, which are slope, distance, and midpoint. The midpoint formula just takes the mean of the x values and the mean of the y values. When there are coordinates for three points (call them x, y, and z) and we want to find out which of y and z is closest to x, the midpoint formula isn't useful.

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