# Fınding the position of a point on the line

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In summary, the conversation discusses finding the coordinates of a point Q on a perpendicular line from point P to line l_1. The speaker is looking for a single equation that can describe the coordinates of point Q, and suggests using one of the methods mentioned to find an expression for Q in terms of P and l_1.
Arman777
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Let us suppose we have a line ##l_1 = ax + by + c = 0## and we have a point P, ##P(x_p, y_p)## that is outside of this line. If we draw a perpendicular line from point ##P## to a point on the ##l_1##. What would be the coordinates of this point ? I know there are many ways to do it. But I am looking for a single equation that can describe this point (##Q##) ?

Have you considered using one of those methods to solve the problem, which should give you an expression for $Q$ in terms of $P$ and $l_1$?

## What is the process for finding the position of a point on a line?

The process for finding the position of a point on a line involves determining the coordinates of the point and using the slope of the line to calculate the distance from the point to the origin.

## What is the formula for finding the position of a point on a line?

The formula for finding the position of a point on a line is y = mx + b, where m is the slope of the line and b is the y-intercept.

## How is the slope of a line used to find the position of a point?

The slope of a line is used to find the position of a point by determining the ratio of the change in y-coordinates to the change in x-coordinates between two points on the line. This ratio represents the rate at which the line is increasing or decreasing.

## Can the position of a point on a line be negative?

Yes, the position of a point on a line can be negative. This occurs when the point is located below the x-axis, resulting in a negative y-coordinate.

## What other factors besides the slope of a line can affect the position of a point?

Other factors that can affect the position of a point on a line include the y-intercept, the direction of the line (positive or negative slope), and the distance of the point from the origin.

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