## closerDistance

Language/Type: Java method basics return
Author: Roy McElmurry (on 2010/12/28)

Write a static method `closerDistance` that takes two pairs of integers, `x1` and `y1` and `x2` and `y2`, representing two ordered pairs `(x1, y1)` and `(x2, y2)` on an x-y plane. Your method should calculate each pair?s the distance from the origin `(0, 0)` and return the closer of the two distances as a real number. If the two points are the same distance from the origin, you may return either of the two distances, since they are equal.

For example, the point `(12, 5)` has a distance of 13.0 from the origin, and the point `(9, 9)` has a distance of 12.727922061357855 from the origin, so a call to `closerDistance(12, 5, 9, 9)` would return 12.727922061357855. Notice your method should not do any rounding.

Recall that the formula to find the distance between a point (x, y) and the origin is equal to the square root of (x2 + y2).

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This is a method problem. Write a Java method as described. Do not write a complete program or class; just the method(s) above.

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