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Question from Katherine, a student:

How do I find the shortest distance from the point (3,5) to the line x = -2

Hi Katherine.

Draw the line on a graph. Mark the point (3,5). Where are you going to connect the dot to the line so that the connection is as short as possible? I expect you'll probably want to connect it at right angles !


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