Distance, Midpoint, and Slope

This week’s topic has been Distance, Midpoint, and Slope.

Let’s go through that blue SAT book everyone has, http://amzn.to/1wADKLS, or http://amzn.to/1wtPZuD, and this ACT book for problems about distance, midpoint, and slope that can be solved using my TI-84 Plus programs DISTANCE. Sorry, I won’t post the actual problems here.  But go dig out your books and calculator (buy them here: SAT, ACT , TI-84 Plus) and follow along.

SAT book

ISBN-13: 9780874478525.  The page numbers included here are from that book, but if you have the other one (9780874479799), please refer to the Test number and Section number instead.

DISTANCE:

Test 1, Section 3, p. 397, problem # 6

Test 1, Section 3, p. 400, problem #15

Test 3, Section 8, p. 546, problem #10

Test 4, Section 6, p. 596, problem #10

Test 5, Section 8, p. 669, problem #8

Test 7, Section 3, p. 769, problem #4

Test 8, Section 3, p. 830, problem #2

Test 9, Section 5, p. 905, problem #8

Test 10, Section 2, p. 953, problem #17  

ACT book

I’m working out of an older edition that only has 3 tests.  I believe they are the same as the first 3 tests of the 2nd and 3rd editions.  Once I have the newer book, I’ll add to this list.

DISTANCE:

Test 1, Section 2, problems #35, 45

Test 2, Section 2, problem #33

Test 3, Section 2, problems #38, 48  

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Slope

This week’s topic is:  Distance, Midpoint, and Slope.

Q:  The slope of the line passing through (-1,-3) and (7,y) is -1/2.  What is the value of y?

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Answer: -7

Algebraic solution by hand:

Use the slope formula:

 

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Solution using my TI-84 Plus program DISTANCE:

Run DISTANCEHow?

Use your multiple choice answer choices.  One of them is -7.  (If you don’t have choices, draw a picture.  Plot the point (-1,-3) and do a slope of -1/2 from there – down 1, right 2, down 1, right 2, … until you get to a point where x is 7.  Read the y-value of that point – it will be -7 and check it using this program.)

x1=-1

y1=-3

x2=7

y2=-7

Ignore the distance information – we don’t need it for this problem.  Press ENTER for the midpoint information, which we don’t need either.  Press ENTER once more to find that the slope is -1/2.

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Algebra 1 – Find the equation of a line

Q: If the slope of the line through (-3,6) and (1,y) is 1/2, what is the value of y?

Answer:  8

Explanation: Slope is computed by the formula (y2 – y1) / (x2 – x1) … the change in y divided by the change in x.

So,

(y – 6) / (1 – -3) = 1 / 2

(y – 6) / 4 = 1 / 2

Multiply both sides by 4 and you have:

y – 6 = 2

y = 8

BUT, if you’re taking a test and having trouble remembering the method above, try this instead: Plot the point (-3,6) on a graph and move from that point with a slope of 1/2. Move up 1, right 2, up1, right 2… and repeat this pattern until your x-value is 1. Then, read the y-value at the same point. This is not my favorite way, but it works!

And one more thing!  If this were a multiple choice question, you could use my TI-84 Plus program ‘DISTANCE’ (which finds distance, midpoint, and slope for any two ordered pairs).  Substitute one of the answer choices for x, and see if the program reports that slope is 1/2.

 

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