Determining the equation of a curve

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Homework Statement



A curve is traced by a point P (x,y) which moves such that its distance from the point A (-1,1) is three times its distance from the point B (2,-1). Determine the equation.

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The Attempt at a Solution



used distance formulas to find A is the squareroot of 13 away from B.

how do i find the curve
 

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  • #2
Hitman2-2
I would try to translate what the problem says in words into equations.

You're told that the distance from point A to point P is always 3 times the distance from point B to point P.

So it seems to me that the way to proceed is to write down an expression for the distance from A to P and set it equal to the expression for the distance from B to P multiplied by 3.
 
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You should try applying the distance formula for the problem as you described it. That should help you to start.
 

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