no clue what to do, help please

write an equation for a line tha tasses through (5,4) and is perpinducular to the graph of 2x - 3y = 1

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- Feb 18th 2008, 01:18 AMIlovemath123graph of a point that passes through a line
no clue what to do, help please

write an equation for a line tha tasses through (5,4) and is perpinducular to the graph of 2x - 3y = 1

thank you!!!1 - Feb 18th 2008, 01:57 AMmr fantastic
You need to find two things: the gradient of the line and a point on the line.

Get those two things and substitute into the general equation

$\displaystyle y - y_1 = m(x - x_1)$

where m is the gradient and $\displaystyle \, (x_1, \, y_1)\, $ is a point on the line.

The point on the line is given on a platter. It's (5, 4).

As for the gradient, you know that it's**perpendicular**to the line $\displaystyle 2x - 3y = 1 \Rightarrow 2x - 1 = 3y \Rightarrow y = \frac{2}{3} x - \frac{1}{3}$.

Therefore: $\displaystyle m \times \frac{2}{3} = -1 \Rightarrow m = .....$

(You do know that when two lines are perpendicular, the product of their gradients is equal to -1, right?) - Feb 18th 2008, 02:00 AMxifentoozlerix
Two lines are perpendicular to another if their slopes are the negative reciprocals of each other.

y=mx+b where m is the slope, b is y-intercept.

y=(2/3)x-(1/3)

m=2/3

the line you want has slope -(3/2).

y=-(3/2)x+b

plug in (5,4) to solve for b.

4=-(3/2)5+b

b=11.5

your line is y=-(3/2)x+11.5 - Feb 18th 2008, 02:07 AMearboth