Posted by Rachel on Monday, September 17, 2012 at 3:08pm.
Find the coordinate of the midpoint of a segment with the endpoints at –9 and 6.
Geometry - Steve, Monday, September 17, 2012 at 3:37pm
the midpoint is halfway between the two values.
The difference between -9 and 6 is 15. (That is, 6 - (-9)) Half that difference is 15/2. So, add half the difference to the smaller value:
-9 + 15/2 = -3/2
or, subtract half the difference from the larger value:
6 - 15/2 = -3/2
Or (and this is a much better and simpler way), a value halfway between two other values, a and b, is their average: (a+b)/2
(-9+6)/2 = -3/2
So, choice B is correct.
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