I've been out of school for over 6 years so these questions are probably relatively simple, but I'm just not grasping the concept here. I'm doing a bridging course for a university degree, and my high-school math has just gone out the window. I don't remember any of it.
Anyway, I'm being asked the following question.
If the line passing through points (1 , a) and (4, -2) is parallel to the line passing through the points (2, 8) and (-7, a+4), what is the value of a?
I don't even have any idea on where to begin to work this out .
Any help would be appreciated.
This means that the other point would be
However, from here, how do I solve for a?
A tip in the right direction is suitable, I'm really wanting to solve this myself and hopefully it just 'clicks'