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    i'm trying to find the equation of a straight line in y-mx+c from that is parallel to the line with the equation $\displaystyle 3x+6y=8, passing through(2,2)$
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    Quote Originally Posted by johnsy123 View Post
    i'm trying to find the equation of a straight line in y-mx+c from that is parallel to the line with the equation $\displaystyle 3x+6y=8, passing through(2,2)$
    Write the parallel line you are given in $\displaystyle y = mx + c$ form.

    $\displaystyle 3x + 6y = 8$

    $\displaystyle 6y = -3x + 8$

    $\displaystyle y = -\frac{1}{2}x + \frac{4}{3}$.

    Parallel lines have the same gradient. The gradient of the parallel line is $\displaystyle -\frac{1}{2}$, so the line you are trying to find has gradient $\displaystyle -\frac{1}{2}$.


    The line you are trying to find has gradient $\displaystyle m = -\frac{1}{2}$, and you know the point $\displaystyle (x, y) = (2, 2)$ lies on the line.

    So $\displaystyle y = mx + c$

    $\displaystyle 2 = -\frac{1}{2}(2) + c$

    $\displaystyle 2 = -1 + c$

    $\displaystyle 3 = c$.


    So the equation of the line is $\displaystyle y = -\frac{1}{2}x + 3$.
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