# Let d represent the distance between the point (5, - 3) and any point, (x, y), on the parabola y = 0.5x2 + 1. a. Write an equation for d in terms of x. b. What is the minimum distance? What are the coordinates of the point on the parabola that is closest to the point (5, - 3)? 0.5x2+1

Let d represent the distance between the point (5, - 3) and any point, (x, y), on the parabola y = 0.5x2 + 1.

a. Write an equation for d in terms of x.

b. What is the minimum distance? What are the coordinates of the point on the parabola that is closest to the point (5, - 3)?

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