   Chapter 10.2, Problem 26E Elementary Geometry For College St...

7th Edition
Alexander + 2 others
ISBN: 9781337614085

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Chapter
Section Elementary Geometry For College St...

7th Edition
Alexander + 2 others
ISBN: 9781337614085
Textbook Problem

Find a such that the points A 1 ,   3 , B 4 ,   5 , and C a ,     a are collinear.

To determine

To find:

The value of a for the collinear points A1, 3, B4, 5, and Ca, a.

Explanation

If the points are collinear, then the slope of the lines making with the points are same.

The slope of the line that contains the points x1,y1 and x2,y2 is given by

m=y2-y1x2-x1 for x2x1

Let mAB- and mBC- are the slopes of the line AB- and BC- respectively.

The given points are A1, 3, and B4, 5.

Using the slope formula and choosing x1=1, x2=4, y1=3, and y2=5

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