Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Linear Equations

In algebra now I'm solving some equations with 2 variables.

For example:

x + y = 10

Here are some of the solutions to this equation:


As you can see there are infinite solutions (x,y) to this equation. In fact, there are infinite solutions to any equation with an x and y.

The best way to describe these solutions is with a graph.

This graph is always a straight line that extends in both directions to infinity.

The easiest way to draw these lines is by computing the x and y intercepts.

All you have to do is set x equal to 0 and solve for y. Then set y equal to 0 and solve for x.

Then you have two points that you can connect to draw the infinite line!

For example, the intercepts of x + y = 10 are (0,10) and (10,0).

The other common way to graph a line is with slope-intercept form: y = mx + b where m is the slope of the line and b is the y-intercept.

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