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The Midpoint Formula (page 1 of 2) Sometimes you need to find the point that is exactly between two other points. For instance, you might need to find a line that bisects (divides into equal halves) a given line segment. This middle point is called the "midpoint". The concept doesn't come up often, but the Formula is quite simple and obvious, so you should easily be able to remember it for later. Think about it this way: If you are given two numbers, you can find the number exactly between them by averaging them, by adding them together and dividing by two. For example, the number exactly halfway between 5 and 10 is ^{[5 + 10]}/_{2} = ^{15}/_{2} = 7.5. The Midpoint Formula works exactly the same way. If you need to find the point that is exactly halfway between two given points, just average the xvalues and the yvalues.
Apply the Midpoint Formula: So the answer is P = (1, –2). Technically, the Midpoint Formula is the following: But as long as you remember that you're averaging the two points' x and yvalues, you'll do fine. It won't matter which point you pick to be the "first" point you plug in.
Apply the Midpoint Formula: So the answer is P = (–2.15, 3.5)
I'll apply the Midpoint Formula: Copyright © Elizabeth Stapel 20002011 All Rights Reserved This reduces to needing to figure out what p is, in order to make the xvalues work: So the answer is p = –3. Let's do some more examples.... Top  1  2  Return to Index Next >>



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