Grrrr. I've seemingly breezed through the last few chapters and now for some reason I'm stuck on something that SHOULD be simple. Why can't I get this? can anyone explain this to me a simpler way than my MathLab program is? Here is the question... [/IMG] I'm on attempt 2/3 on this quiz-thing, and if I don't get an 80%, it's not going to let me move on which is a pain because then I have to wait for the teacher (who is super cool) to give me another attempt, but I need to be ready to take a test tomorrow and I've been working on this ALL day. My brain is freaking fried.

What I would do is put each equation into slope intercept form (y=mx+b where m =slope and b= y intercept) and then graph each. Start with the y intercept then just count the slope. The solution will be where the two lines intersect. If the two lines are the same (ie: the two equations are the same) they have infinite solutions. If the lines are parallel and never cross then they have zero solutions.

Ok, because this program has us doing these charts, and each problem has it's own x/y chart with 3 different (seemingly random to me) numbers, that they're plugging in for x and y to graph it. Unless that was for a different kind of problem *sigh* I don't know... So I'm gonna try it this way.

A system of equations is just like it sounds--multiple equations. Your goal is to find that magic point (or points, in some cases), where the two equations intersect. In order to graph them, you have a couple options (I'm not sure how you learned it). The most common way is to put the equations into slope-intercept form (y=mx+b). Basically, solve for y. Then m tells you the slope, and b is the y-intercept. Eq 1: 2x-3y=-6 -3y=-2x-6 y=2/3x+2 So for the first equation, the line crosses the y-axis at 2, and the slope is 2/3 (so you'd move up 2, right 3 to find the next point). Do the same for line two, and look to see where they intersect. The second way to graph them is to find the intercepts. If y is 0 (plug in 0 for y), what value of x would make the equation true? That's your x-intercept, put a point there. Do the same if x is zero to find the y-intercept. Connect your two intercepts, and you'll see the line. Do you have a graphing calculator? If you have a TI (82/83/84), you can enter both equations into the y= menu once you have them in slope intercept form, hit "second" then "calc" and go to "intersect". It will calculate the exact coordinate pair for you. Finally...if you have learned other methods of solving systems, I would use elimination/combination to solve this one. Your x terms both have the same coefficient, so it's easy to subtract one equation from the other and solve for y. That's only if the computer doesn't care if you don't graph it though.

Ex: First equation 2x - 3y = -6 -2x -2x _______________ -3y = -6 -2x divide by -3 y = (2/3)x +2 y intercept is (0,2) and the slope is 2/3. So when you're graphing start at (0,2) then count up two and right three. Do the same thing with the second equation.

So the computer is just having you plot 3 points that are on the line, and then connect them. That works too--it's just slightly more "guess and check" strategy.

Solve both equations for y. Then graph using y=mx+b, m is the slope and b is the y intercept. If the lines intercept, that is the solution. If they don't, there is no solution. If they are the same, there is infinite number of solutions Edit: I got distracted and you got answers

Ok, so for the second part of the equation... 2x-y=2 turns into y= -2x+2 ??? so my slope is -2? or do I do -2/1? and my y-intercept is (0,2).

2x-y = 2 -2x -2x (subtract 2x from both sides, the space looks funny for some reason when I post it) -y = 2 -2x (now multiply by -1 on both sides) y = 2x -2 Slope is 2 which is the same as 2/1. So when you count, your intercept is (0,-2) and then go up 2 and right one when you graph. If that makes sense.

Gotcha. Ok so I screwed up on my negatives again lol. I was sorta close... Ugh hate not having a math brain.

(0,4) doesn't work with either equation. One way to quick check is to take each equation and then plug in your answer for x (0) and y (4). Ex: 2x-y =2 2(0)-4(4)=2 -16 =2, which is false. Is there any way you can show us what you've graphed?

I effed it up again... grr... got a 62.5%. There's only 8 questions on this quiz, so it sucks because even when you get two wrong, you're screwed. I have one more attempt :\ and if I fail, I'm stuck yet again and have like four more sections to do before I can do test #8. (I did test 7 yesterday). Sucks, can't wait for this to be over and get a small break lol. and it's even noncredit *sigh* Don't know what I'll do in regular college algebra. Can't believe I put this off for so long. Just beyond frustrating because I work so hard at it, and feel like all I ever do nowadays is math homework, and I'll finally get the hang of one section and then we move on to another. Class ends May 8th, and I'm there Tues & Thursdays, but I can go in there other days too to catch up but it's down to crunch time. there is 12 tests total. I keep getting these same ones wrong/half wrong. And the original one I posted.

On the first one I must be blind because I can't tell what you missed. (I'm really tired) 2nd one, do the slope intercept again. So make each equation y=mx+b If the slope (m) is different then the lines intersect at one point. The system then only has one solution. If the slope (m) is the same on both lines then they are either parallel or the same. If the intercept is the same (b) then the lines are the same. If the lines are the same then there is infinite solutions. If the intercept is different on the two equations then the lines are parallel and have zero solutions.

I think it may have changed the graph to the correct one, and not mine. But thanks for all your help It's def helping me!

When making the equation into slope intercept form, just go SLOW and one step at a time. Whatever you do to the left side of the equation, you have to do to the right side. Ex: 10x -y =10 (subtract 10x from both sides) -y = 10-10x (multiply both sides by -1) y = -10+ 10x (put into y form y=mx+b) y = 10x+10 So the slope of this line is 10 and the y intercept is (0,10) 2nd equation: (1/5)y=-2+2x (divide by 1/5, which is the same thing as multiplying by 5) y=-10+10x (put into slope intercept form) y= 10x-10 So the slope of this equation is 10 and the y intercept is (0,-10) Since the slope is the same but the y intercepts are not, the two lines are parallel. They will never intersect so there is no solution to this set of equations.