Find the points of trisection of the line segment joining the points:
(3, -2) and (-3, -4)
The coordinates of a point which divided two points `(x_1,y_1)` and `(x_2, y_2)` internally in the ratio m:n is given by the formula,
`(x,y) = ((mx_2 + nx_1)/(m + n), (my_2 + ny_1)/(m + n))`
The points of trisection of a line are the points which divide the line into the ratio 1: 2.
Here we are asked to find the points of trisection of the line segment joining the points A(3,−2) and B(−3,−4).
So we need to find the points which divide the line joining these two points in the ratio 1: 2 and 2: 1.
Let P(x, y) be the point which divides the line joining ‘AB’ in the ratio 1: 2.
(x,y) = `(((1(3) + 2(-3))/(1 + 2)), ((1(-2) + 2(-4))/(1 + 2))`
`(e, d) = (-1, -10/3)`
Therefore the points of trisection of the line joining the given points are `(1, 8/3) and (-1, -10/3)`
Video Tutorials For All Subjects
- Concepts of Coordinate Geometry