posted by vaughn on .
A moving point is always equidistant from (5,3) and the line 3x+y+5=0. What is the equation of its locus?
Please help. how to do this problem?
the distance of the point (h,k) from the line ax+by+c=0 is
d = |ah+bk+c|/√(a^2+b^2)
the distance between two points (x1, y1) and (x2, y2) is √[ (x2 - x1)^2 + (y2 - y1)^2]
Let the moving point be (x,y). Substituting the values we have:
|3x+5y+5|/√10 = √[(x-5)^2 + (y-3)^2]
(3x+5y+5)^2 = 10((x-5)^2 + (y-3)^2)
9x^2+30xy+25y^2+30x+50y+25 = 10x^2+10y^2-100x-60y+340
-x^2 + 30xy + 15y^2 + 130x + 110y - 315 = 0
Hmm. That's an hyperbola. I was expecting a parabola. Better check my algebra.
why did you put square root of 10 in the denmntor? the formula is Ax1+by1+c/+squareroot of A^2+B^2 SUBSTITUTING THE X AND Y IT WILL YOU A REAL NUMBER