anonymous
  • anonymous
can someone help me with this ? Find the missing coordinate of P, using the fact that P lies on the unit circle in the given quadrant. P(-7/25, ???), quadrant II:
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anonymous
  • anonymous
Ok so this can be done by using pythagorean theorem. You are given the x value and you also know that the equation of the circle can be written as x^2 + y^2 = r^2. Since this is a unit circle the equation that you are going to get is x^2 + y^2 = 1. This equation describes your circle. Now put in the x value that you hvae... (7/25)^2 + y^2 = 1 and now rearrange the equation to solve for y. y^2 = 1 - (7/25)^2 And then y = SQRT ( 1 - (7/25)^2 ) So if you square root it you will get a positive and a negative answer. Now, since it is specified that the answer must lie in the second quadrant, then you know it has to be in the quadrant that has -x and a positive y. Hence, you select a positive answer from your square root. IF it asked to find it in the 3rd quadrant you know that the third quadrant is when all values of x AND y are negative. So in that case you would take the negative value of the square root.
anonymous
  • anonymous
thanks for the direction.
anonymous
  • anonymous
np

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