Activity: Distance from a point to a line using trig (Coordinate Geomtery)  Math Open Reference 


Go to:  http://www.mathopenref.com/coordpointdisttrig.html (opens a new window)  
Description:  An interactive applet and associated web page that demonstrate how to find the perpendicular distance between a point and a line using trigonometry, given the coordinates of the point and the slope/intercept of the line. The applet has a line with sliders that adjust its slope and intercept, and a draggable point. As the line is altered or the point dragged, the distance is recalculated. The grid and coordinates can be turned on and off. The distance calculation can be turned off to permit class exercises and then turned back on the verify the answers. The applet can be printed as it appears on the screen to make handouts. The web page has a full description of the concept of the concepts, a worked example and has links to other pages relating to coordinate geometry. Applet can be enlarged to full screen size for use with a classroom projector. After use in the classroom, student can access it again from any web browser at home or in the library with no login required. This resource is a component of the Math Open Reference Interactive Geometry textbook project at http://www.mathopenref.com. 

Technology Type:  Flash  
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Language:  English  
Cost:  Does not require payment for use  
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Courses:  Geometry  Point, Line, Distance formula  
