- anonymous

Write the equation of the line that is perpendicular to the line 3x + y = 7 and passes through the point (6, -1).

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- waheguru

Do you know how to solve this?

- anonymous

nooo im soo lost

- waheguru

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- anonymous

i dont understand how to solve it. its been a long time since i did algebra and i cant remember how to do it

- waheguru

Lets Do this step by step
Do you know parallel and perpendicular lines ?
And how the slope change in relation to each

- waheguru

When a line is parallel to a line then the slope stays the same |dw:1343935655688:dw|
Here as you can see the lines will never meet because the slopes are the same althought the y intercepts can be different, even if the slopes were 2 for the first line and 1.9 for the second they wound not be parallel
*When a line is parallel to another line the slope is the same
Perpendicular lines intersect at 90 degrees and for that to happend the slope must be the opposite reciprocal so if a line is parallel to 1/2, we find the reciprocal which is 2/1 and change it from a positive to negative so it becomes -2/1
Do you get this much

- waheguru

Sorry I meant to say when a line is perpendicular for the second paragraph

- anonymous

yes

- anonymous

oh okay

- waheguru

3x + y = 7
Here you need to find the equation of the line which is perpendicular to this equation so right of the bat we need to make this in to y=mx+b format right so we can get the slope
Do you know how to change it in to y=mx+b format?

- waheguru

Convert 3x + y = 7 in to y=mx+b @drakelovermel

- anonymous

i sorta forgot. please refresh my memory

- waheguru

This is algebra
3x + y = 7
you need to isolate y amd move everythin g on the right side
y=-3x+7

- waheguru

Do you understand

- anonymous

yes

- waheguru

Now what is the perpendicular slope to -3x?

- anonymous

was it y=3x+7

- waheguru

No we moved it so it became negative

- anonymous

ohh okay i got you

- waheguru

So...

- anonymous

okay so whats to learn next?

- waheguru

What is the perpendicular slope to -3x.

- anonymous

heyy thanks for the help! you where very helpful but i have to go eat and my mom is calling me soo im soo srry but i got to go. but thanks!!!

- waheguru

Np!

- anonymous

http://www.algebra.com/algebra/homework/Linear-equations/Linear-equations.faq.question.388924.html

- anonymous

thank you soo much!

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