NRICH: Closer to Home

Which of these lines comes closer to the origin?

Consider the graphs with equations y=2x10 and y=x6.

Which comes closer to the origin?

Can you find the shortest distance between this line and the origin?

This problem is taken from the World Mathematics Championships

You can find more short problems, arranged by curriculum topic, in our short problems collection.

Age 14 to 16

Algebra & Pre-Algebra, Functions & Graphs, Linear Equations
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