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what is the distance between the points (-1,7) and (5,7)?

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    why isnt anyone answering my question

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    The distance is the hypotenuse of a right triangle where one leg is the x distance and the other leg is the y distance. In this case, the y values are the same so the distance between the points is simply the x distance.

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    distance between any two points (a,b) and (c,d)
    = √[(a-c)^2 + (b-d)^2]

    so for yours
    distance = √(6^2 + 0^2)
    = √36 = 6

    since for your points have the same y value, thus have the same height, they lie in a horizontal line.
    Therefore we could have just taken the horizontal distance from -1 to 5, which of course is 6

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