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What is the distance between the points (–2, –2) and (4, 6)?

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Re: What is the distance between the points (–2, –2) and (4, 6)?  [#permalink]

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Bunuel wrote:
What is the distance between the points (–2, –2) and (4, 6)?


(A) \(6\)

(B) \(7\)

(C) \(8\)

(D) \(10\)

(E) \(8\sqrt{2}\)


\(Distance = \sqrt{(4 + 2)^2 + ( 6 + 2 )^2}\)

Or, \(Distance = \sqrt{36 + 64}\)

Or, \(Distance = \sqrt{100}\)

Or, Or, \(Distance = 10]\), Answer must be (D)
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Re: What is the distance between the points (–2, –2) and (4, 6)?  [#permalink]

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Bunuel wrote:
What is the distance between the points (–2, –2) and (4, 6)?


(A) \(6\)

(B) \(7\)

(C) \(8\)

(D) \(10\)

(E) \(8\sqrt{2}\)


I'd typically use the same approach that Abhishek009 used

However, another approach is to sketch the points and then create a right triangle as follows:
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At this point, we can either use the Pythagorean Theorem to determine the length (of the hypotenuse), or recognize that we have an an enlarged version of the Pythagorean triplet 3-4-5
In our diagram, the length of the triangle's legs (6 and 8) are TWICE the measurements of 3 and 4.
So, the length of the third side must be TWICE the measurements of remaining side (5)

In either case, we find the length to be 10

Answer: D

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