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An interactive applet and associated web page that demonstrate how to find the distance between two points with given coordinates. The applet has two points on a Cartesian plane. As the user drags either point it continuously recalculates the distance between them. The distance is shown both on the plane and as a continuously changing formula.
The grid, axis pointers 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 point distance, 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.
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|Courses:||Geometry||Point, Distance formula|