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1 Finding the Measure of Segments Examples 1. In geometry, the distance between two points is used to define the measure of a segment. Segments can be defined by using the idea of betweenness. In the figure at the right, point N is between M and P while point Q is not between M and P. For N to be between M and P, all three points must be colinear. Segment MP, MP, consists of points M and P and all points between M and P. The measure of MP, written MP (without a bar over the letter), is the distance between M and P. Thus, the measure of a segment is the same as the distance between its two endpoints. M N P Q In order to quantify the measure of a segment, you must measure the segment using a device, like a ruler, that has a unit of measure, such as inches. When discussing the figure, point out than NP is not the same as MP, while the line defined by M and P is the same as the line defined by N and P.. Ruler Postulate The points on any line can be paired with the real numbers so that, given any two points X and Y on the line, X corresponds to zero, and Y corresponds to a positive number. Remind students that a postulate is a statement that is assumed to be true. Finding the Measure 001, Rev of Segments 1

2 3. The distance between points may be measured using a number line A B To find the measure of AB, you first need to identify the coordinates of A and B. The coordinate of A is 1 and the coordinate of B is 5. Since measure is always a positive number, you can subtract the lesser coordinate from the greater one, or find the absolute value of the difference. When you use absolute value, the order in which you subtract the coordinates does not matter. Distance from A to B 5 1 = 4 = 4 Distance from B to A 1 5 = 4 = 4 Finding the distance from A to B or from B to A results in the same measure. 4. Example Find AB, BC, and AC on the number line shown below: A B C AB = 1 AB = -3 AB = 3 BC = 1 3 BC = - BC = AC = 3 AC = -5 AC = 5 In this example, B is between A and C and AB + BC = AC (3 + = 5). This example leads to the following postulate. Finding the Measure 001, Rev of Segments

3 5. Segment Addition Postulate If Q is between P and R, then PQ + QR = PR. If PQ + QR = PR then Q is between P and R. 6. Example Find the measure of MN if M is between K and N, KM = x 4, MN = 3x, and KN = 6. Since M is between K and N, KM + MN = KN. K KM + MN = KN (x 4) + 3x = 6 5x 4 = 6 5x = 30 x = 6 x - 4 3x M N MN = 3x MN = 3(6) MN = Example Find the measure of IJ if J is between I and M, IJ = 3x +, JM = 18, and IM = 5x. First draw the line segment and label its points. I 3x+ J 18 M IM = IJ + JM 5x = (3x + ) +(18) 5x = 3x + 0 x = 0 x = 10 IJ = 3x + IJ = 3(10) + IJ = 3 Finding the Measure 001, Rev of Segments 3

4 8. The distance, d, between any points with coordinates (x 1, y 1 ) and (x, y ) can be found by using the distance formula. Distance Formula d = ( x y x1 ) + ( y The distance between points is the same no matter which point is called (x 1, y 1 ). 9. Find the length of the segment with endpoints A(, 3) and B(5, 3). Let (, 3) be (x 1, y 1 ) and (5, 3) be (x, y ). ( x y x1 ) + ( y 7 + ( 6) ==+ 85 D 9. The length of AB is about 9. units. ( 5 ( )) + ( 3 3) When discussing the distance between two points, make sure students understand that the measure is always positive. Ask your students if they could draw a segment of 3 inches, or if they could measure 1 cup of water. Emphasize to students that AB represents a number and AB represents a segment. 10. Find the distance between points W(1, ) and Z( 4, ). Let (1, ) be (x 1, y 1 ) and ( 4, ) be (x, y ). ( x y x1 ) + ( y ( 4 () + ( ) ( 5) + ( 4) 41 D The length of WZ is about units. Finding the Measure 001, Rev of Segments 4

5 Name: Date: Class: Finding the Measure of Segments Worksheet 1. When using the distance formula to find the distance between points A(18, 8) and B(5, 7), do you have to choose 18 for x 1? Explain.. Draw AB and BC such that AB + BC AC. For questions 3-8, refer to the number line below to find each measure A B C D 3. AB 4. CD 5. BD 6. CB 7. DA 8. AC Refer to the coordinate plane at the right to find each measure. If the measure is not a whole number, round the result to the nearest hundredth. 9. PQ 10. SR 11. RP 1. PS 13. QR 14. QS Note: Find the coordinates of each point before finding the measure. Finding the Measure 001, Rev of Segments 5

6 15. If B is between A and C, AB = x, BC = x + 1, and AC =, find the value of x and the measure of BC. Given that J is between H and K, find each missing measure. 16. HJ = 17, JK = 6, HK = 17. HJ =, JK = 3, HK = 18. HJ = 3.7, JK =, HK = HJ =, JK = 1, HK = 6 5 If B is between A and C, find the value of x and the measure of BC. 0. AB = 3, BC = 4x + 1, AC = 8 1. AB = x +, BC = x 6, AC = 0. AB = 4, BC = 3x, AC = 7x 4 3. AB = 3, BC = x + 5, AC = 11x + 4. Find the perimeter of the triangle with vertices X(, -, Y(5, 3), and Z(-3, 1. Round your result to the nearest hundredth. 5. Find the value of a so that the distance between points A(4, 7) and B(a, 3) is 5 units. Finding the Measure 001, Rev of Segments 6

7 Finding the Measure of Segments Worksheet Key 1. When using the distance formula to find the distance between points A(18, 8) and B(5, 7), do you have to choose 18 for x 1? Explain. No. You can use 18 for x as long as you use 8 for y, 5 for x 1, and 7 for y 1.. Draw AB and BC such that AB + BC AC. Answers will vary. Sample answers: A C B B C A For questions 3-8, refer to the number line below to find each measure A B C D 3. AB -4 0 = 4 4. CD 3 6 = 3 5. BD 0 6 = 6 6. CB 3 0 = 3 7. DA = AC -4 3 = 7 Finding the Measure 001, Rev of Segments 7

8 Refer to the coordinate plane at the right to find each measure. If the measure is not a whole number, round the result to the nearest hundredth. P(-1, 4) Q(-1, -6) R(5, -4) S(14, -4) 9. PQ Let ( 1, 4) be (x 1, y 1 ) and ( 1, 6) be (x, y ). ( x y x1 ) + ( y ( 1 ( ) + ( 6 4) + ( 10) 10 ( 0) 10 The length of PQ is 10 units. 10. SR Let (14, -4) be (x 1, y 1 ) and (5, 4) be (x, y ). ( x y x1 ) + ( y ( 5 (14)) + ( 4 ( 4) 9 9) (0) 9 ( + The length of SR is 9 units. Finding the Measure 001, Rev of Segments 8

9 11. RP Let (5, -4) be (x 1, y 1 ) and ( 1, 4) be (x, y ). ( x y x1 ) + ( y ( 1 (5)) + (4 ( 4) 6) (8) 10 ( + 10 The length of RP is 10 units. 1. PS Let (-1, 4) be (x 1, y 1 ) and (14, -4) be (x, y ). ( x y x1 ) + ( y ( 14 ( ) + ( 4 (4) + ( 8) 17 ( 15) 17 The length of PS is 17 units. 13. QR Let (-1, -6) be (x 1, y 1 ) and (5, -4) be (x, y ). ( x y x1 ) + ( y ( 5 ( ) + ( 4 ( 6) ( 6) + () 6.3 D 6.3 The length of QR is 6.3 units. Finding the Measure 001, Rev of Segments 9

10 14. QS Let (-1, -6) be (x 1, y 1 ) and (14, -4) be (x, y ). ( x x + y y (14 - (- )² + (-4 (-6) )² ( (15)² + ()² D The length of QS is units. 15. If B is between A and C, AB = x, BC = x + 1, and AC =, find the value of x and the measure of BC. A x B x + 1 C AB + BC = AC (x) + (x + = BC = (7) + 1 BC = 15 3x + 1 = 3x = 1 x = 7 Given that J is between H and K, find each missing measure. 16. HJ = 17, JK = 6, HK = HJ + JK = HK = HK HK = 3 Finding the Measure 001, Rev of Segments 10

11 17. HJ =, JK = 3, HK = HJ + JK = HK + 3 = HK HK = HJ = 3.7, JK =, HK = 35. HJ + JK = HK JK = 35. JK = HJ =, JK = HJ + JK = HK 1 HJ + = HJ = , HK = 6 5 If B is between A and C, find the value of x and the measure of BC. 0. AB = 3, BC = 4x + 1, AC = 8 AB + BC = AC (3) + (4x + = 8 4x + 4 = 8 BC = 4x + 1 BC = 4( + 1 BC = 5 4x = 4 x = 1 1. AB = x +, BC = x 6, AC = 0 AB + BC = AC (x + ) + (x - 6) = 0 3x 4 = 0 BC = x - 6 BC = (8) - 6 BC = 10 3x = 4 x = 8 Finding the Measure 001, Rev of Segments 11

12 . AB = 4, BC = 3x, AC = 7x 4 AB + BC = AC (4) + (3x) = 7x = 4x - 4 BC = 3x BC = 3(7) BC = 1 8 = 4x x = 7 3. AB = 3, BC = x + 5, AC = 11x + AB + BC = AC (3) + (x + 5) = 11x + 6 = 9x = x 3 BC = x + 5 BC = ( ) BC = 3 4. Find the perimeter of the triangle with vertices X(, -, Y(5, 3), and Z(-3, 1. Round your result to the nearest hundredth. Perimeter = XY + YZ + ZX XY = ( 5 ) + (3 ( ) XY = 5 YZ = ( 3 5) + (11 3) YZ = ZX = ( ( 3)) + ( 11 ZX = 13 Perimeter = Finding the Measure 001, Rev of Segments 1

13 5. Find the value of a so that the distance between points A(4, 7) and B(a, 3) is 5 units. AB = a ( 4) + (3 5 = ( a 4) + ( 4) 5 = (a 4) + (-4) 5 = (a 4) = (a 4) 9 = ( a 4) ± 3 = a 4 4 ± 3 = a a = 7 or 1 7) B(7, 3) or B(1, 3) Finding the Measure 001, Rev of Segments 13

14 Student Name: Date: Finding the Measure of Segments Checklist 1. On question 1, did the student answer all parts correctly? a. Yes (15 points) b. Student answered correctly but explanation was not correct (10 points) c. Student answered correctly but no explanation (5 points). On question, did the student draw the examples correctly? a. Yes (5 points) 3. On questions 3 through 8, did the student find the measure of each segment correctly? a. All six (30 points) b. Five of the six (5 points) c. Four of the six (0 points) d. Three of the six (15 points) e. Two of the six (10 points) f. One of the six (5 points) 4. On questions 9 through 1, did the student find the measure of each segment correctly? a. All four (0 points) b. Three of the four (15 points) c. Two of the four (10 points) d. One of the four (5 points) 5. On questions 13 and 14, did the student find the measure of each segment and round off correctly? a. Yes (15 points) b. Found the measure on both segments but did not round off correctly on one of the two. (10 points) c. Found the measure on both segments but did not round off correctly on either segment. (5 points) d. Found the measure on one of the segments and rounded it off correctly. (5 points) 6. On question 15, did the student find the value of x and the measure of BC? a. Yes (10 points) b. Found the value of x but the measure of BC is incorrect. (5 points) Finding the Measure 001, Rev of Segments 14

15 7. On questions 16 through 19, did the student find the missing measure? a. All four (0 points) b. Three of the four (15 points) c. Two of the four (10 points) d. One of the four (5 points) 8. On question 0, did the student find the value of x and the measure of BC? a. Yes (10 points) b. Found the value of x but the measure of BC is incorrect. (5 points) 9. On question 1, did the student find the value of x and the measure of BC? a. Yes (10 points) b. Found the value of x but the measure of BC is incorrect. (5 points) 10. On question, did the student find the value of x and the measure of BC? a. Yes (10 points) b. Found the value of x but the measure of BC is incorrect. (5 points) 11. On question 3, did the student find the value of x and the measure of BC? a. Yes (10 points) b. Found the value of x but the measure of BC is incorrect. (5 points) 1. On question 4, did the student find the perimeter of triangle XYZ correctly? a. Yes (15 points) b. No, but distance on two of the three sides was found correctly. (10 points) c. No, but distance on one of the three sides was found correctly. (5 points) 13. On question 5, did the student find the correct values of a? a. Both (10 points) b. One of the two (5 points) A B 16 points and above 144 points and above Total Number of Points Any score below C needs remediation! C D 16 points and above 108 points and above F 107 points and below Finding the Measure 001, Rev of Segments 15

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