Education Technology

Shortest Distance

Activity Overview

Students will discover, through exploration, that the shortest distance from a point on a line to the origin is a measure of a perpendicular line segment. You will investigate this minimization problem and support the analytical explanations with interactive explorations.

Before the Activity

Distribute copies of the student handout.

During the Activity

This is the completed "teacher version" of the TI-Nspire document for this activity. This is an example of what the student results should look like.