Finding distances between points that share a common coordinate given the graph



In this lesson, we are given graphs with two points that share a common coordinate. We are required to find the distance between the two points in the graph.

Rules to find distance between the points

  • First we look at the coordinates of the two points in the given graph.

  • We see that the two points have one of the coordinates same or have a shared common coordinate.

  • The difference between the coordinates of the two points other than the shared coordinates gives the distance between the two points in the graph.

Example

There be two points A and B on a grid. Find the distance between these two points A and B.

Solution

Step 1 − Suppose the coordinates of points A and B are (5, 2), (9, 2). The shared common coordinates are the y coordinates.

Step 2 − So the distance these points is the difference between x coordinates 5 and 9, given by 9 – 5 = 4 units

Find the distance between the pair of points in the following graph −

Finding distances between points that share a common coordinate given the graph Example 1

Solution

Step 1 − The coordinates of the pair of points are (3, −3) and (3, −10).

Step 2 − The distance between the pair of points is the difference between their y coordinates as x coordinates are same.

Step 3 − The distance between the pair of points = −3 –(−10) = −3 + 10 = 7 units.

Find the distance between the pair of points in the following graph −

Finding distances between points that share a common coordinate given the graph Example 2

Solution

Step 1 − The coordinates of the pair of points are (−3, 10) and (−3, 4).

Step 2 − The distance between the pair of points is the difference between their y coordinates as x coordinates are same.

Step 3 − The distance between the pair of points = 10 – 4 = 6 units.



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