July 3rd, 2013, 12:23 AM  #1 
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Find the equation of straight lines which passes through the point (1,2) and makes an angle theta with the positive direction of the xaxis, where cos (theta) = 1/3.
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July 3rd, 2013, 12:31 AM  #2 
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What is the relationship between the angle of inclination and the slope of the line?

September 4th, 2015, 02:58 AM  #3 
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A =(theta) Cos A = 1/3 Therefore Tan A = 8^(1/2)=m (slope of line ) (Y2/x1)=m=8^(1/2) Hence, 2(2^(1/2))x  y  2(2^(1/2)) + 2 =0 
September 4th, 2015, 03:03 AM  #4 
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As the question doesn't say otherwise, tan(θ) can be positive or negative.

September 4th, 2015, 06:29 AM  #5 
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