How do you find the distance between (5,1), (5,-6)?

1 Answer
Jul 1, 2017

Answer:

See a solution process below:

Explanation:

The formula for calculating the distance between two points is:

#d = sqrt((color(red)(x_2) - color(blue)(x_1))^2 + (color(red)(y_2) - color(blue)(y_1))^2)#

Substituting the values from the points in the problem gives:

#d = sqrt((color(red)(5) - color(blue)(5))^2 + (color(red)(-6) - color(blue)(1))^2)#

#d = sqrt(0^2 + (-7)^2)#

#d = sqrt(0 + 49)#

#d = sqrt(49)#

#d = 7#

There is another, simplier process because this is a special case.

Because both the #x# values are the same we can use this formula:

#d = abs(color(red)(y_2) - color(blue)(y_1))#

#d = abs(color(red)(-6) - color(blue)(1))#

#d = abs(-7)#

#d = 7#