# What is the distance between the origin of a Cartesian coordinate system and the point (5, -2)?

##### 1 Answer

#### Explanation:

The origin is

and our second point is at

The horizontal distance (parallel to the x-axis) between the two points is 5

and

the vertical distance (parallel to the y-axis) between the two points is 2.

By the Pythagorean Theorem the distance between the two points is