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 January 8th, 2012, 07:46 PM #1 Senior Member   Joined: Jan 2012 Posts: 100 Thanks: 0 True and False questions regarding Slope! Hello everybody, I have been working on this for a while, I can't seem to get the correct answers. Which of these 6 questions is true and which ones false? I really appreciate your help. I am new to this forum but I have heard many many great things about it from friends. I hope I can get help, and at the same time, possibly help you as well. (1) If x1 =/= x2 then the slope of the line through the points (x1,y1) and (x2,y2) is m=(y2-y1)/(x2-x1) (2) The slope of the line through the points (x1,y1) and (x2,y2) is m=(y2-y1)/(x2-x1) (3) Two lines are parallel if and only if they have the same slope or are vertical (4) If x1 =/= x2 then the slope of the line through the points (x1,y1) and (x2,y2) is m=(y2-y1)/(x1-x2) (5) Two lines are parallel if and only if they have the same slope (6) If x1 =/= x2 then the slope of the line through the points (x1,y1) and (x2,y2) is m=(y1-y2)/(x1-x2)
 January 8th, 2012, 07:59 PM #2 Senior Member     Joined: Jul 2010 From: St. Augustine, FL., U.S.A.'s oldest city Posts: 12,155 Thanks: 463 Math Focus: Calculus/ODEs Re: True and False questions regarding Slope! For 1, 2, 4, and 6: $m=\frac{\Delta y}{\Delta x}=\frac{y_2-y_1}{x_2-x_1}=\frac{y_1-y_2}{x_1-x_2}$ Note that m is only defined for $x_1\ne x_2$. If $x_1=x_2$ then the line is vertical. For 3 and 5: Two lines are parallel if they have the same slope OR if both are vertical (in which case the slopes are undefined). Can you see which are true and which are false now? Btw, this is a pre-calculus topic, so I have moved it accordingly.
 January 8th, 2012, 08:04 PM #3 Senior Member   Joined: Jan 2012 Posts: 100 Thanks: 0 Re: True and False questions regarding Slope! so then, (1) true (2)true (3)true (4)false (5)false (6)true are those correct?
 January 8th, 2012, 08:16 PM #4 Senior Member     Joined: Jul 2010 From: St. Augustine, FL., U.S.A.'s oldest city Posts: 12,155 Thanks: 463 Math Focus: Calculus/ODEs Re: True and False questions regarding Slope! 2) is false because there was no accounting for when $x_1=x_2$ which gives an undefined slope. The rest are correct.
 January 8th, 2012, 08:19 PM #5 Senior Member   Joined: Jan 2012 Posts: 100 Thanks: 0 Re: True and False questions regarding Slope! Awesome, Thanks a bunch! got it correct
 January 8th, 2012, 08:23 PM #6 Senior Member     Joined: Jul 2010 From: St. Augustine, FL., U.S.A.'s oldest city Posts: 12,155 Thanks: 463 Math Focus: Calculus/ODEs Re: True and False questions regarding Slope! Glad to help! Welcome to the forum too.

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