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you don't use X

What kind of calculator are you using? Are you using the solve feature?

Yes I am usin the solve feature.

Why don't you use graph paper instead?

I have to use algebraic methods and show my work.

graphing on graph paper is a way to show your work

Is there a way to answer the problem algebraically?

Well, the line to the other linen willl be perpendicular to it

Assuming you want the shortest distance

using graph paper is a valid method, then you can count the number of units

Find the equation of a line perpendicular to y=2x+3 and use the distance formula on the intersection

Have you studied the formula for finding the perpendicular to a line through a point?

Well, I'm in Calculus right now, but I don't know how to continue this problem.

Yep calculus would study that
Do the normal line

Wouldn't the normal slope be -1/2 ?

-1/2*

\[y+1=\frac{-1}{2}(x-2)\]

\[y=-\frac{1}{2}x\]

Now set 2x+3=-(1/2)x to find the intersection, then use the distance formula

x = -6/5

Get y now, and use this point in your distance formula

Mertsj what formula did you post? Do you know the name of it? Just curious

Perpendicular distance from a Point to a Line

ok I have not seen that one before. Good to know

Okay I now have two methods of approaching this problem. Thank you all for helping me. :)