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Example Question #1 : Calculating The Endpoints Of A Line Segment
The quadrilateral with vertices is a trapezoid. What are the endpoints of its midsegment?
The midsegment of a trapezoid is the segment whose endpoints are the midpoints of its legs - its nonparallel opposite sides. These two sides are the ones with endpoints and . The midpoint of each can be found by taking the means of the - and -coordinates:
The midsegment is the segment that has endpoints (2,2) and (19,2)
Example Question #2 : Calculating The Endpoints Of A Line Segment
The midpoint of a line segment with endpoints and is . What is ?
It cannot be determined from the information given.
If the midpoint of a line segment with endpoints and is , then by the midpoint formula,
The first equation can be simplified as follows:
The second can be simplified as follows:
This is a system of linear equations. can be calculated by subtracting:
Example Question #3 : Calculating The Endpoints Of A Line Segment
If the midpoint of is and is at , what are the coordinates of ?
Midpoint formula is as follows:
In this case, we have x,y and the value of the midpoint. We need to findx' and y'
V is at (2,9) and the midpoint is at (6,7)
So we have (10,5) as point U
Example Question #4 : Calculating The Endpoints Of A Line Segment
A line segment has its midpoint at and an endpoint at . What are the coordinates of the other endpoint?
Because we are given the midpoint and one of the endpoints, we know the x coordinate of the other endpoint will be the same distance away from the midpoint in the x direction, and the y coordinate of the other endpoint will be the same distance away from the midpoint in the y direction. Given two endpoints of the form:
The midpoint of these two endpoints has the coordinates:
Plugging in values for the given midpoint and one of the endpoints, which we can see is because it lies to the right of the midpoint, we can solve for the other endpoint as follows:
So the other endpoint has the coordinates
Example Question #5 : Calculating The Endpoints Of A Line Segment
Consider segment with endpoint at . If the midpoint of can be found at , what are the coordinates of point ?
Recall midpoint formula:
In this case we have (x'y') and one of our other (x,y) points.
Plug and chug:
If you make this into two equations and solve you get the following.