Science:Math Exam Resources/Courses/MATH152/April 2016/Question A 12
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Question A 12 

Find the distance from the point (1, 2) to the line in the plane. 
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Hint 

The distance between a point to a line is the length of the line segment which joins the point to the line and is perpendicular to the line. 
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Solution 

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Please rate my easiness! It's quick and helps everyone guide their studies. Denote the given line by . We first need to find a line which passes the point (1 , 2) and is normal to the line . The distance from the point (1 , 2) to the line , is exactly the distance between (1,2) and intersection points of these two lines and . As the slope of the line is 1, the slope of the normal line should be 1. Therefore, the normal line passing through (1, 2) is ( i.e ). The intersection of , and is . Thus the distance between (1, 2) and ( 1/2, 1/2) is . 