10th Class Mathematics Coordinate Geometry Co-ordination Geometry

Co-ordination Geometry

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Co-ordinate Geometry


In this chapter we will discuss about the two as well as three dimensional geometry. We will discuss about the position of the points and locate the point in the plane or on the surface. The three mutually perpendicular lines in the plane are called coordinate axes of the plane. The numbers in a plane which represent the position of a point is called coordinates of the point with reference to the coordinate planes. The eight equal regions into which space is divided by three dimensional axes are called octants.


Distance Formula

Let us consider the two points\[A({{x}_{1}},\,\,{{y}_{1}})\]and\[B({{x}_{2}},\,\,{{y}_{2}})\] in a two dimensional plane, then the distance between the two points is given by\[AB=\sqrt{{{({{x}_{2}}-{{x}_{1}})}^{2}}+{{({{y}_{2}}-{{y}_{1}})}^{2}}}\]. If it is a three dimensional plane containing the points\[A({{x}_{1}},{{y}_{1}},{{z}_{1}})\]and\[B({{x}_{2}},{{y}_{2}},{{z}_{2}})\] then the distance between the points is given by:



Section Formula

Let us consider the point \[P(x,\,\,y)\]which divides the line segment joining \[A({{x}_{1}},\,\,{{y}_{1}})\]and \[B({{x}_{2}},\,\,{{y}_{2}})\] in the ratio k : 1 internally, then the coordinates of the point P(x, y) is given by:

\[x=\frac{{{x}_{1}}+k{{x}_{2}}}{k+1}\] and \[y=\frac{{{y}_{1}}+k{{y}_{2}}}{k+1}\]


Coordinates of Midpoint

The coordinates of the mid-point of a line segment AB with coordinates \[A({{x}_{1}},{{y}_{1}})\]and\[B({{x}_{2}},{{y}_{2}})\]is given by \[\left( \frac{{{x}_{1}}+{{x}_{2}}}{2},\frac{{{y}_{1}}+{{y}_{2}}}{2} \right)\]


(i) If the mid-point of a \[\Delta ABC\] are\[P({{x}_{1}},{{y}_{1}}),\]\[Q({{x}_{2}},{{y}_{2}})\]and \[R({{x}_{3}},{{y}_{3}})\] then its vertices will be

\[A(-{{x}_{1}}+{{x}_{2}}+{{x}_{3}},-{{y}_{1}}+{{y}_{2}}+{{y}_{3}}),\]\[B({{x}_{1}}-{{x}_{2}}+{{x}_{3}},\,\,{{y}_{1}}-{{y}_{2}}+{{y}_{3}})\]and \[C({{x}_{1}}+{{x}_{2}}-{{x}_{3}},\,\,{{y}_{1}}+{{y}_{2}}-{{y}_{3}})\]

(ii) The fourth vertex of a whose three vertices in order are\[({{x}_{1}},\,\,{{y}_{1}}),\,\,({{x}_{2}},\,\,{{y}_{2}})\] and \[R({{x}_{3}},\,\,{{y}_{3}})\]is \[({{x}_{1}}-{{x}_{2}}+{{x}_{3}},\,\,{{y}_{1}}-{{y}_{2}}+{{y}_{3}})\]


Centroid of a Triangle

It is defined as the point of intersection of the medians of the triangle. The coordinates of centroid of a triangle with vertices\[({{x}_{1}},\,\,{{y}_{1}}),\,\,({{x}_{2}},\,\,{{y}_{2}})\]and \[({{x}_{3}}-{{y}_{3}})\]is:

\[\left( \frac{{{x}_{1}}+{{x}_{2}}+{{x}_{3}}}{3},\frac{{{y}_{1}}+{{y}_{2}}+{{y}_{3}}}{3} \right)\]

Note: In an equilateral triangle orthocentre, centroid, circumcentre, incentre coincide.


Area of a Triangle

Let\[A({{x}_{1}},\,\,{{y}_{1}})\], \[B({{x}_{2}},\,\,{{y}_{2}})\]and \[C({{x}_{3}},{{y}_{3}})\]be the vertices of a triangle, then the area of the triangle is given by:

\[=\frac{1}{2}\left| {{x}_{1}}({{y}_{2}}-{{y}_{3}})+{{x}_{2}}({{y}_{3}}-{{y}_{1}})+{{x}_{3}}({{y}_{1}}-{{y}_{2}}) \right|=0\]


Conditions for Collinearity

Let the given points be\[A({{x}_{1}},\,\,{{y}_{1}}),B({{x}_{2}},\,\,{{y}_{2}})\]and \[C({{x}_{3}},{{y}_{3}})\]is: If A, B and C are collinear then, Area of \[\Delta ABC=0.\]

\[=\frac{1}{2}\left| {{x}_{1}}({{y}_{2}}-{{y}_{3}})+{{x}_{2}}({{y}_{3}}-{{y}_{1}})+{{x}_{3}}({{y}_{1}}-{{y}_{2}}) \right|=0\]

Also if ABC are collinear, then slope of AB = slope of BC = slope of CA



The curve described by a point which moves under given condition(s) is called its locus. The equation of the locus of a point is satisfied by the coordinates of every point.


Slope of a Line

The trigonometrical tangent of the angle that a line makes with the positive direction of the x-axis in anticlockwise direction is called the slope of the line. So, slope of a line \[(m)=\tan \theta ,\]where \[\theta \]is the angle made by the line with positive direction of x-axis.

Note: For any two points\[A({{x}_{1}},{{y}_{1}})\]and \[B({{x}_{2}},{{y}_{2}})\], the slope of the line is \[m=\frac{{{y}_{2}}-{{y}_{1}}}{{{x}_{2}}-{{x}_{1}}}\]


Equation of a Line

General equation of a line is ax + by + c = 0, where a, b and c are constants and x and y are variables. The equation of a line with slope m and making an intercept c on y-axis is y =mx + c.


  • Example: Find the fourth vertex of the rhombus PQRS formed by P (1, 3), Q (2, 6) and R (5, 7).

(a) (0, 4)                        (b) (4, 4)

(c) (3, 5)                        (d) (3, 8)

(e) None of these


Answer (b)

Explanation: The fourth vertex of the rhombus PQRS is


Notes - Co-ordination Geometry

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