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Linear functions are a family of functions that all have a constant rate of change. There are additional ways that pairs of lines can relate. One such way is if the lines are parallel. In this section, what makes two lines parallel, and the ways in which the rules and graphs of parallel are similar, is explored.

$m_{1}=m_{2}andb_{1} =b_{2}$

Is the line given by the equation y=3x+5 parallel to the line that contains the points (1,2) and (3,8)?

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For the given lines to be parallel, they must have the **same** slope and **different** y-intercepts. In other words, the lines must never intersect. We'll graph the lines to determine if they are parallel. Since the equation of the first line is written in slope-intercept form, we can see that

$m_{1}=3andb_{1}=5.$

Thus, to graph it, we will use the y-intercept and the slope.
To draw the second line, we can plot (1,2) and (3,8) and connect them with a line.

From the graph of the second line, we can see that it's slope is 3 and its y-intercept is (0,-1).

For the given lines, it has been shown that$ m_{1}=3andb_{1}=-5m_{2}=3andb_{2}=-1. $

Since m1=m2 and b1≠b2, the lines are parallel. Find the equation of a line which is parallel to y=2x−5 and passes through (2,7).

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Two lines are parallel if they have the same slope and different y-intercepts. The first line, given by the equation
The y-intercept of the second line is b=3. Thus, the equation is

y=2x−5,

is written in slope-intercept form. It can be seen that it's slope is 2 and its y-intercept is (0,-5). A line parallel to this must also have the slope m=2. Therefore, we can write the incomplete equation of the second line as y=2x+b.

This line must pass through the point (2,7). We can find b by substituting these coordinates for (x,y) and solving for b. y=2x+b

SubstituteII

x=2, y=7

7=2⋅2+b

Multiply

Multiply

7=4+b

SubEqn

LHS−4=RHS−4

3=b

RearrangeEqn

Rearrange equation

b=3

y=2x+3.

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