Intermediate Algebra (12th Edition)

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ISBN 10: 0321969359
ISBN 13: 978-0-32196-935-4

Chapter 7 - Section 7.3 - Simplifying Radicals, the Distance Formula, and Circles - 7.3 Exercises - Page 460: 123


$\sqrt{17} \text{ units}$

Work Step by Step

$\bf{\text{Solution Outline:}}$ Use the Distance Formula to find the distance between the given points $\left( -8,2 \right)$ and $\left( -4,1 \right)$. $\bf{\text{Solution Details:}}$ With the given points, then $x_1= -8 ,$ $x_2= -4 ,$ $y_1= 2 ,$ and $y_2= 1 .$ Using the Distance Formula which is given by $d=\sqrt{(x_1-x_2)^2+(y_1-y_2)^2} ,$ then \begin{array}{l}\require{cancel} d=\sqrt{(-8-(-4))^2+(2-1)^2} \\\\ d=\sqrt{(-8+4)^2+(2-1)^2} \\\\ d=\sqrt{(-4)^2+(1)^2} \\\\ d=\sqrt{16+1} \\\\ d=\sqrt{17} .\end{array} Hence, the distance is $ \sqrt{17} \text{ units} .$
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