Coordinate Geometry of a Straight Line


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In today’s class, we will be talking about coordinate geometry of a straight line. Enjoy the class!

Coordinate Geometry of a Straight Line

Coordinate Geometry of straight line |

Any straight line has an equation of the form

y = mx + c

where m, the gradient, is the height through which the line rises in one-unit step in the horizontal direction

c, the intercept, is the y-coordinate of the point of intersection between the line and the y-axis. This is shown in the figure below.

Coordinate Geometry

The straight line, y = mx + c

If we know the gradient m of a straight line with unknown intercept c, and the coordinates (x1 , y1) of a point through which it passes, then we know that

y1 = mx1 + c

and therefore

c = y1 − mx1

If we substitute into

y = mx + c

we obtain

y = mx− mx1 + y1

which we can rearrange to give

y− y1 = m(x − x1)

If we know two points (x1 , y1) and (x2 , y2) through which passes a line with unknown gradient m and intercept c, then

y1 = mx1 + c ,

y2  = mx2 + c

Subtracting the first equation from the second gives

y2 − y1 = m(x2 − x1)

and therefore

m =(x2  x1)/(y2  y1)  

The equation of the line is therefore

y  y1 = (y2  y1)/(x2  x1 ) (x  x1)

The midpoint of the line joining two points

Once we know the coordinates of two points on a straight line, we can find the mid-point of the line.


Distance between two points

The distance formula is derived from the Pythagoras theorem. To find the distance between two points, if A is (x1 , y1) and B is (x2 , y2), all that you need to do is use the coordinates of these ordered pairs.

The distance between two points is given by:



In our next class, we will be talking more about the Coordinate Geometry of straight line.  We hope you enjoyed the class.

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