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    (Original post by iMacJack)
    Sorry yes I have multiplied incorrectly. Would it be sqrt 72 and -sqrt 72

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    That's right.
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    That's right.
    What would be the next step, finding the gradient with dy/dx or what? Sorry, I'm struggling with this topic currently so I apologise for me being quite simple. Lol.

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    (Original post by iMacJack)
    What would be the next step, finding the gradient with dy/dx or what? Sorry, I'm struggling with this topic currently so I apologise for me being quite simple. Lol.

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    You don't need to apologise.

    You have two points on the same vertical line. You have the distances of both points from the x-axis (the y-coordinates) so what is the distance between the points?

    Again, a diagram will help here. You have that the y-coordinate of p is sqrt(72) so label the length between P and the x-axis as sqrt(72). Do the same for Q.
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    You don't need to apologise.

    You have two points on the same vertical line. You have the distances of both points from the x-axis (the y-coordinates) so what is the distance between the points?

    Again, a diagram will help here. You have that the y-coordinate of p is sqrt(72) so label the length between P and the x-axis as sqrt(72). Do the same for Q.
    But how does knowing the distance between P and the x axis help me answer part e? I'm really failing to understand this question. :


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    (Original post by iMacJack)
    But how does knowing the distance between P and the x axis help me answer part e? I'm really failing to understand this question. :


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    If you know the distance of P from the x-axis and you know the distance of Q from the x-axis then you basically have the distance PQ.

    Mark the two lengths on your diagram. If you've done this then I'd find it hard to believe that you can't see what the length PQ is.
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    So would the length of PQ just be 2sqrt72

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    (Original post by notnek)
    If you know the distance of P from the x-axis and you know the distance of Q from the x-axis then you basically have the distance PQ.

    Mark the two lengths on your diagram. If you've done this then I'd find it hard to believe that you can't see what the length PQ is.
    So would the length be 2Root72??

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    (Original post by iMacJack)
    So would the length be 2Root72??

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    Yes. You can simplify that to get the final answer.

    I recommend that you go through this question again and think about why you got stuck and how different thinking can help you with future questions.

    A lot of these questions seem hard at first but they're quite similar.
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    Yes. You can simplify that to get the final answer.

    I recommend that you go through this question again and think about why you got stuck and how different thinking can help you with future questions.

    A lot of these questions seem hard at first but they're quite similar.
    So the simplified answer would be 6root8 or?

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    (Original post by iMacJack)
    So the simplified answer would be root288?

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    No it was simplified more before. You need to make the surd as small as possible to simplify the term.

    Use GCSE/C1 methods to simplify sqrt(72).
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    (Original post by iMacJack)
    So the simplified answer would be 6root8 or?

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    Nearly. Keep simplifying
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    (Original post by notnek)
    No it was simplified more before. You need to make the surd as small as possible to simplify the term.

    Use GCSE/C1 methods to simplify sqrt(72).
    Sqrt 72 is 6 root 2 so would it be 12 root 2

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    (Original post by iMacJack)
    Sqrt 72 is 6 root 2 so would it be 12 root 2

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    That's correct.
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    (Original post by notnek)
    That's correct.
    Brilliant thanks, so the distance between them is 12 root 2, and to clarify would I always need to simplify the distance as far as possible but only if it mentions specific words in the question?

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    (Original post by iMacJack)
    Brilliant thanks, so the distance between them is 12 root 2, and to clarify would I always need to simplify the distance as far as possible but only if it mentions specific words in the question?

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    At FP level you should really be simplifying all your answers, if asked or not.

    It's possible you wouldn't lose marks in an exam if the question doesn't tell you to simplify but you may as well just simplify.
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    At FP level you should really be simplifying all your answers, if asked or not.

    It's possible you wouldn't lose marks in an exam if the question doesn't tell you to simplify but you may as well just simplify.
    Alright thank you for all your help. For f, would I use pythagoras theorem and then 1/2b*h?

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    (Original post by iMacJack)
    Alright thank you for all your help. For f, would I use pythagoras theorem and then 1/2b*h?

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    Yes, that should work.
 
 
 
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