### Systems of linear equations: An equation of a line

### Solution linear equation with two unknowns

We have *just seen* that a solution to a linear equation with two unknowns of the form #\blue p \cdot x + \green q\cdot y +\purple r=0# is a point #\rv{x,y}#. In general, there are multiple solutions of a linear equation, we will now see what these solutions look like. For this we will use the same *rules of reduction* as for a linear equation with one unknown.

We solve the equation #\blue 3 \cdot x + \green 5 \cdot y +\purple 5=0# in the following way:

\[\begin{array}{rcl}3 \cdot x + 5 \cdot y +5&=&0\\&& \blue{\small\text{the equation}}\\

5 \cdot y+5&=&-3 \cdot x\\ && \blue{\small\text{both sides minus }3 \cdot x}\\5\cdot y &=& -3 \cdot x -5 \\ && \blue{\small\text{both sides minus }5}\\ y &=& -\frac{3}{5}x-1\\ && \blue{\small\text{both times divided by }5}\end{array}\]

All points on the line #{y}=-\tfrac{3}{5} {x}-1# are solutions to the equation.

We solve the equation #\green 5 \cdot {y}+\purple 5=0# in the following way:

\[\begin{array}{rcl}

5y + 5 &=& 0 \\

&&\blue{\small\text{the equation}} \\

5y &=& -5 \\

&&\blue{\small \text{both sides minus \(5\)}} \\

y &=& -1 \\

&&\blue{\small \text{both sides divided by \(5\)}} \\

\end{array}\]

All points on the horizontal line #{y}=-1# are solutions to the equation.

We solve the equation #\green 3 \cdot {x}+\purple 5=0# in the following way:

\[\begin{array}{rcl}

3x + 5 &=& 0 \\

&&\blue{\small\text{the equation}} \\

3x &=& -5 \\

&&\blue{\small \text{both sides minus \(5\)}} \\

x &=& -\frac{5}{3} \\

&&\blue{\small \text{both sides minus \(3\)}} \\

\end{array}\]

All points on the vertical line #{x}=-\tfrac53# are solutions to the equation.

The equation contains both variables #x# and #y#. Therefore, the solution is an oblique line of the form #y=a \cdot x +b#. We will find the solution to the equation by means of reduction:

\[\begin{array}{rcl}

-2\cdot x-9\cdot y-7&=&0\\&& \phantom{xxx}\blue{\text{the given equation}}\\

-2\cdot x-9\cdot y&=&7 \\ && \phantom{xxx}\blue{\text{left and right hand side plus }7}\\

-9\cdot y&=&2\cdot x+7 \\ && \phantom{xxx}\blue{\text{on the left and right hand side added }2\cdot x\text{ }}\\

y&=&\displaystyle -{{2\cdot x}\over{9}}-{{7}\over{9}}\\&& \phantom{xxx}\blue{\text{left and right hand side divided by the coefficient of }y}

\end{array}\]

Hence, the solutions to #-2\cdot x-9\cdot y=7# are equal to the oblique line #y=-{{2\cdot x}\over{9}}-{{7}\over{9}}#.

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