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## #1 2024-08-10 22:48:15

paulb203
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I was asked to draw THE LOCUS OF ALL POINTS 3cm from a line.

I measured 3cm above and below the line, and drew two parallel lines there. Then drew two semi-circles with radii 3cm out from either end of the line to complete the locus, the shape(which Google tells me is a stadium).

But is the question imprecise?

Regards the lines above and below the line; shouldn’t it specify that the distance of 3cm is perpendicular?
There are many points 3cm from the line INSIDE THE STADIUM, no? (If you measure at an angle).
E.g. Draw a 3cm line perpendicular to the line, and north of the line. Then from the base of that line, draw another 3cm line at an angle of 45 degrees to the line. The point where this new line ends will be more than 1cm inside the stadium.

Doesn’t that mean that your original shape, your stadium, doesn’t actually cover THE LOCUS OF ALL POINTS 3CM FROM THE LINE?

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## #2 2024-08-11 23:05:53

Bob
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It is imprecise. As it stands the locus should include points inside the stadium. That covers the point you're making.

If they only wanted the lines and semicircles it should specify the shortest distance.

Bob

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## #3 2024-08-13 22:05:23

paulb203
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Thanks, Bob.

How would that be worded?

"Draw the locus of all points..."

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## #4 2024-08-14 10:13:24

Bob
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