# Math straight line graphs question (gcse)

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Find the shortest distance from the point (2,3) to the line Y=-1/3x +4
I don't understand where to start
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3 months ago
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If this is gcse, the minimum distance will occur at the intersection of the given line with a new line which passes through (2,3) and is perpendicular to the given line. A sketch usually helps to visualize it.

You could do it with trig, its simpler, .... but your other post was about intersecting lines so Im presuming thats the approach to take?
Last edited by mqb2766; 3 months ago
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(Original post by mqb2766)
If this is gcse, the minimum distance will occur at the intersection of the given line with a new line which passes through (2,3) and is perpendicular to the given line. A sketch usually helps to visualize it.

You could do it with trig, its simpler, .... but your other post was about intersecting lines so Im presuming thats the approach to take?
I sketched like you said and understood, thank you so much
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