A **locus** is a set of points which satisfy certain geometric conditions. Many geometric shapes are most naturally and easily described as locus. For example, a circle is the set of points in a plane which are a fixed distance from a given point the center of the circle.

**Example:** A locus

The following diagrams give the locus of a point that satisfy some conditions.

Locus of points equidistant from a point A will form a circle with center A. |
Locus of points that are equidistant from two lines will be bisect the angle formed by the two lines. |

Locus of points equidistant from a line segment. |
Locus of points equidistant from two points A and B forms a perpendicular bisector of the line AB. |

A step-by-step procedure for finding plane locus:

**Step 1:** If possible, choose a coordinate system that will make computations and equations as simple as possible.

**Step 2:** Write the given conditions in mathematical form involving the coordinates.

**Step 3:** Simplify the resulting equation.

**Step 4:** Identify the shape cut out by the equation.

1. Find the point on the x-axis, which is equidistant from (7, 6) and (-3, 4).

**Sol:** Let A (7, 6), B (-3, 4)

Let P(x, 0) be the point on x-axis which is equidistant from A and B.

Then PA = PB ⇒ PA² = PB²

⇒ (x – 7)² + (0 – 6)² = (x + 3)² + (0 – 4)²

⇒ x² – 14x + 49 + 36 = x² + 6x + 9 + 16

⇒ -14x + 85 = 6x + 25 ⇒ 20x = 60

⇒ x = 3

The required point is P (3, 0).