I have been given 3 points; (1,6) (2,15) (3,27)

And i have to find the equation of the line/curve, although I have spent a long time on it and feel as though I am overlooking something. Any help would be appreciated

Printable View

- Nov 11th 2011, 07:35 PMpikachu26134Finding the equation given 3 points
I have been given 3 points; (1,6) (2,15) (3,27)

And i have to find the equation of the line/curve, although I have spent a long time on it and feel as though I am overlooking something. Any help would be appreciated - Nov 11th 2011, 08:04 PMQuackyRe: Finding the equation given 3 points
I think you need to be more specific with the question: there could be any number of curves going through those points, surely. What sort of curve are you looking for?

Let's see, is it of the form: $\displaystyle y=mx+c$ (which would make it a line)?

We have: $\displaystyle (1,6)$

Substituting this into $\displaystyle y=mx+c$ gives:

1) $\displaystyle 6=m+c$

We have $\displaystyle (2,15)$

Substituting again:

2)$\displaystyle 15=2m+c$

Solving simultaneously:

2)-1)

$\displaystyle 9=m$ so

$\displaystyle c=-3$

$\displaystyle y=9x-3$ is the equation of the line running through these two points. Does $\displaystyle (3,27)$ lie on this line?

Test:

$\displaystyle 27\neq~9(3)-3$

So it isn't a line.

Could it be something of the form $\displaystyle y=ax^2+bx+c$? You could use a similar test.

What is the whole question? Find a random curve going through these points? - Nov 11th 2011, 08:08 PMpikachu26134Re: Finding the equation given 3 points
Give the rule for the number of straws that Slade and Jade would need for the nth design of tessellating hexagons.

In the first pattern, there is one hexagon (6 straws), in the 2nd there is 3 hexagons (15 straws) and in the 3rd one there is 6 hexagons (27 straws) - Nov 12th 2011, 03:47 AMsbhatnagarRe: Finding the equation given 3 pointsQuote:

Let the number of hexagons be $\displaystyle y$ and the number of sides( straws) be $\displaystyle x$.

Hexagon has 6 sides.

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-U...M/s512/one.png

Case 2) $\displaystyle y=3$ then $\displaystyle x=15$

Quote:

**Note That:**3 hexagons would mean $\displaystyle 3 \times 6 = 18 $sides but there are $\displaystyle 15$ sides. This means that some sides are common.

Quote:

Common Sides = 3

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-r...E/s512/six.png

Quote:

Common Sides = 9

Quote:

To relate x,y and C, Let us plot down their values in the form of a table.

and so on...

Quote:

$\displaystyle Note That:$These values have been obtained by drawing the appropriate no. of hexagons.

Therefore:

$\displaystyle \\a_n=a+(n-1)d \\ C_y=1+(y-2)2 \\ C_y=2y-3$

So: $\displaystyle x=6y-(2y-3)=4y+3$

The relation between x and y is $\displaystyle x=4y+3$.

Quote:

$\displaystyle Note That:$This relation is valid for all values except y=1.

- Nov 12th 2011, 09:02 AMQuackyRe: Finding the equation given 3 points
Yet another example of the importance of posting the entire question, rather than the parts you think are relevant.