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Algebra--please help!

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Here are some more questions I'm having trouble with. Please walk me through them so I can fully understand them.

#2: Let A be (5,9), B be (-3,-5), and C be (1,1). The median of a triangle connects a vertex of a triangle to the midpoint of the opposite side. *Another note: would you be able to explain the median of a triangle more fully? I don't get what my teacher meant by the midpoint on the other side* For example, the median of triangle ABC from vertex A connects A to the midpoint of line segment BC (I still don't understand it).

a. Find an equation describing the line that contains the median from A to the midpoint of line segment BC.
b. Find an equation describing the line that contains the median from B to the midpointof line segment AC.
c. What point (x,y) is on both of the lines you found in parts a and b (I might be able to figure this out if you explain a and b well).
d. Find an equation describing the line that contains the median A to the midpoint of line segment AB.

#3: A line with slope 3 intersects with slope 5 at the point (10,15). What is the distance between the x-intercepts of these two lines?

#4: Jon begins jogging at a steady 3 m/sec down the middle of lane one in one of a public track. Laura starts even with him in the center of lane two but moves at 4m/sec. At the instant they begin, Ellis is located 100 meters down the track in lane four and is heading towards them in his lane at 6m/sec. After how many seconds will the runners lie in a straight line?
a. Let t be the number of seconds the three have been running. Write expressions for the number of meters each has run after t seconds.
b. Consider the location of each runner as a point on a graph. What quantity might you use as the x-coordinate? What quantity might you use as the y-coordinate?
c. How can you tell if the three points are on a line? Use this to solve the problem.

Please explain this very thoroughly so I can completely understand it. I am only in 7th grade algebra so there are a lot of terms I still don't understand.

Thank you so much!

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    sounds really confusing, sorry but i can't help you! i think this is too much for someone to explain online.

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    look at your triangle and find BC.
    Mark the middle of that line, or the midpoint.
    Join that point to point A with a line.
    This line is called the median.
    In any triangle there are three such medians, one from each vertex

    We have just "connected vertex A to the midpoint of the opposite side BC", and called it the "median"

    Now let's do this algebraically
    the midpoint between any two given points is found by adding the x's, then dividing by 2,
    and adding the y's , then dividing by 2
    so the midpoint of BC is ((-3+1)/2,(-5+1)/2)
    or (-1,-2), let's call it point D

    in a) you are asked to find the equation of that line AD
    slope AD = (-2-9)/(-1-5) = 11/6

    so the line AD is y = (11/6)x + b
    sub in the point (5,9), it lies on the line
    9 = (11/6)(5) + b
    multiply each side by 6
    54= 55 + 6b
    b = -1/6

    so the median AD has equation y = (11/6)x - 1/6

    now repeat the same steps for b)
    for c) solve the two equations.
    in d), I think you have a typo, probably meant to say "median C to the midpoint of line segment AB"

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  • Algebra--please help! -

    You're being so helpful, thank you! Just wondering, my triangle turned out to be very skinny. It's supposed to be this way, right?

    And for part d, that is how my teacher typed it, but in the other day's homework he also did a typo.

    Thank you so much! You were actually MUCH more help than my teacher. My teacher just stuck the homework in front of our faces and expected us to understand it.

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