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Problem 1025

# What are the coordinates of the midpoint of a line segment joining $$\mathrm{P}(-2,1)$$ and $$\mathrm{Q}(6,4) ?$$

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The midpoint of the line segment joining P(-2, 1) and Q(6, 4) is M(2, 2.5).
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## Step 1: Identify the given coordinates for both points

We are given the coordinates for point P as (-2,1) and for point Q as (6,4).

## Step 2: Apply the midpoint formula

Use the midpoint formula to find the coordinates of the midpoint M: M = $$\left(\frac{x_1 + x_2}{2}, \frac{y_1 + y_2}{2}\right)$$

## Step 3: Plug in the coordinates into the midpoint formula

Now, plug the coordinates of points P and Q into the formula: M = $$\left(\frac{-2 + 6}{2}, \frac{1 + 4}{2}\right)$$

## Step 4: Calculate the midpoint coordinates

Perform the calculations within the parentheses and divide by 2: M = $$\left(\frac{4}{2}, \frac{5}{2}\right)$$

## Step 5: Simplify the midpoint coordinates

Simplify the fractions: M = (2, 2.5)

## Step 6: Write the final answer

The coordinates of the midpoint of the line segment joining P(-2, 1) and Q(6, 4) are M(2, 2.5).

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