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Given the following information, can you find the coordinates of the unknown point? Explain.

Two points are 14 units apart. The first point is located at (0,7).

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The unknown point is (12, 0). Substituting into the Pythagorean Theorem gives 14^2=a^2+7^2. Solving this for a gives a value of approximately 12.

The unknown point cannot be found. When substituting into the distance formula, there will be two unknowns, the x-coordinate and the y-coordinate of the unknown point.*******

The unknown point is (0, 21). Since the first point is located on the y-axis, the second point would be located 14 units away from it, also on the y-axis.

The unknown point cannot be found. Neither the distance formula nor the Pythagorean Theorem can be sued to work backwards from a distance to find the coordinates of a point.

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  1. The unknown point could be anywhere on a circle of radius 14 and center (0,7)

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  2. Let the unknown point be (x,y) , the other point is (0,7) and they are 14 units apart.
    then (x-0)^2 + (y-7)^2 = 14^2
    x^2 + (y-7)^2 = 196 <---- a circle with centre (0,7) and radius 14

    There is an infinite number of such points
    as long as -14 ≤ x ≤ 14, and -7 ≤ y ≤ 21

    x^2 = 196 - (y-7)^2
    x = ± √(196 - (y-7)^2)
    sub in any value of y within the range I stated.
    e.g. y = 5
    x = ±√(196-4) = ±√192 = ±64√3 <---- two points: (64√3,5) and (-64√3,5)
    e.g. y = 3
    x = ± √(196 - 16) = ±√180 = ±6√5 <-- two more points (6√5, 3) and (-6√5,3)
    notice that the given point (0,21) also works, but is only one of the infinite number of points.

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  3. Thank you. So the answer is (0,21)?

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  4. I guess you didn't read my post, I said:
    There is an infinite number of such points
    (0,21) is just one of them, so it (14,7), (-14,7) and (0,-7) and billions and billions more

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