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For y = 6, this is a linear equation. Recall the slope-intercept form equation: y = mx + b
This can be rewritten as y = 0*x + 6 where m = 0 and b = 6 Here the x-intercept does not exist.
The y-intercept is b, which is b = 6 We see that y = 6 is a horizontal line that goes through the point (0, 6), (1, 6), (2, 6), (3, 6), (4, 6), (5, 6), (6, 6), etc...
For x = -4 this is a different situation. We cannot write it in slope-intercept form y = mx + b, because what becomes of the y variable? If we try to find the slope of this line pick two points say (-4, 1) and (-4, 2)
The slope would be m = (2-1)/(-4 - (-4)) = 1/0 which is UNDEFINED.
We have a vertical line here with x-intercept -4.
There is no y-intercept. The vertical line x = -4 goes through points (-4,0), (-4, 1), (-4, 2), (-4, 3), etc.
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Nov 7th, 2015
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