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    Find All Numbers x

    If P = (-3, 1) and Q = (x, 4), find all numbers x such that the vector represented by line PQ has length 5.
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    Quote Originally Posted by magentarita View Post
    If P = (-3, 1) and Q = (x, 4), find all numbers x such that the vector represented by line PQ has length 5.
    1. Calculate the vector \overrightarrow{PQ} = \overrightarrow{OQ} - \overrightarrow{OP} = ((x-(-3)), 3)

    2. Calculate the magnitude of the vector \overrightarrow{PQ} which has to be 5:

    \sqrt{(x+3)^2+3^2} = 5 Square both sides:

    (x^2+6x+9) +9 = 25~\implies~x^2+6x-7=0~\implies~x=-7~\vee~x=1

    3. Therefore Q_1 (-7,4) or Q_2(1,4)
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    great work.......

    Quote Originally Posted by earboth View Post
    1. Calculate the vector \overrightarrow{PQ} = \overrightarrow{OQ} - \overrightarrow{OP} = ((x-(-3)), 3)

    2. Calculate the magnitude of the vector \overrightarrow{PQ} which has to be 5:

    \sqrt{(x+3)^2+3^2} = 5 Square both sides:

    (x^2+6x+9) +9 = 25~\implies~x^2+6x-7=0~\implies~x=-7~\vee~x=1

    3. Therefore Q_1 (-7,4) or Q_2(1,4)
    Another great job here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by magentarita View Post
    If P = (-3, 1) and Q = (x, 4), find all numbers x such that the vector represented by line PQ has length 5.
    Note that Q\in\mathcal{C}, where \mathcal{C} is the circle centered at P with the radius r=5.
    Just write the equation of \mathcal{C} and substitute Q to this equation and solve x as earboth done.
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