Locus of Points

• Oct 2nd 2008, 04:31 AM
magentarita
Locus of Points
(1) Point P is located on line AB.

(a) Describe the locus of points that are 3 units from line AB and (b) 5 points from point P.

(2) How many points satisfy both conditions in part (a) above?

• Oct 2nd 2008, 06:05 AM
earboth
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Originally Posted by magentarita
(1) Point P is located on line AB.

(a) Describe the locus of points that are 3 units from line AB and (b) 5 points (maybe units?) from point P.

(2) How many points satisfy both conditions in part (a) above?

a) The locus of all points which are 3 units from a straight line are two parallels: One "above" and one "below" :D

b) The locus of all points with a constant distance to a fixed point is a circle.

Since $P \in (AB)$ and the radius of the circle is greater than the distance of the parallels to (AB) you'll get 4 points.
• Oct 2nd 2008, 01:43 PM
magentarita
ok
Quote:

Originally Posted by earboth
a) The locus of all points which are 3 units from a straight line are two parallels: One "above" and one "below" :D

b) The locus of all points with a constant distance to a fixed point is a circle.

Since $P \in (AB)$ and the radius of the circle is greater than the distance of the parallels to (AB) you'll get 4 points.

Thanks for the great tips.