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    The place: Distance and measurement

    Find a poing inside a convex quadrilateral such that the sum of the distances from the point to the vertices in minimal.

    How would I show that a distance that I find is indeed minimal? I'm kinda just confused as to how to even start this...

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    Put a convex quadrilateral on a Cartesian coordinate system.
    Put a point inside.
    Calculate the total distance to all four corners.
    Ponder the outcome.
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    but how would I PROVE it?
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    Wouldn't it just be the intersection of the diagonals?

    The diagonals are the shortest distance from one vertex to another, so I think the point of intersection would be the shortest distance from each vertex.
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    ahh so ould it then just be sufficient to say "since the diagonals are the shortest distance from vertice to vertice its intersection is the shortest to each point?"

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    You can say that, but that doesn't constitute a proof. Pick another point and prove it.
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