SAT II Math I : Solving Linear Functions

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Example Questions

Example Question #1 : Solving Linear Functions

Solve for  in terms of .

Possible Answers:

Correct answer:

Explanation:

First, subtract 7 to both sides.

Factor the y on the left hand side.

Divide both sides by 3 – x.

Take an extra step by factoring the minus sign on the denominator.

Cancel the minus signs.

Example Question #2 : Solving Linear Functions

Find the equation for the line goes through the two points below.

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Correct answer:

Explanation:

Let .

First, calculate the slope between the two points.

Next, use the slope-intercept form to calculate the intercept. We are able to plug in our value for the slope, as well the the values for .

Using slope-intercept form, where we know and , we can see that the equation for this line is .

Example Question #3 : Solving Linear Functions

Find the equation of the line passing through the points and .

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Correct answer:

Explanation:

To calculate a line passing through two points, we first need to calculate the slope, .

Now that we have the slope, we can plug it into our equation for a line in slope intercept form.

To solve for , we can plug in one of the points we were given. For the sake of this example, let's use , but realize either point will give use the same answer.

Now that we have solved for b, we can plug that into our slope intercept form and produce and the answer

 

Example Question #4 : Solving Linear Functions

Find the point at which these two lines intersect:

Possible Answers:

Correct answer:

Explanation:

We are looking for a point, , where these two lines intersect. While there are many ways to solve for and given two equations, the simplest way I see is to use the elimination method since by adding the two equations together, we can eliminate the variable.

Dividing both sides by 7, we isolate y.

Now, we can plug y back into either equation and solve for x.

Next, we can solve for x.

Therefore, the point where these two lines intersect is .

 

Example Question #5 : Solving Linear Functions

Solve for  when .

Possible Answers:

Correct answer:

Explanation:

The first thing is to plug in the given value so you equation is 

.  

Then you must subtract  from both sides in order to get  by itself.  

You now have 

 

and you must multiply by  for each side and you get .

Example Question #5 : Solving Linear Functions

Solve:  

Possible Answers:

Correct answer:

Explanation:

Add  on both sides.

Subtract 2 from both sides.

Divide by 10 on both sides.

Reduce the fractions.

The answer is:  

Example Question #6 : Solving Linear Functions

Solve:  

Possible Answers:

Correct answer:

Explanation:

Distribute the right side.

Rewrite the equation.

Subtract  on both sides.

Add 4 on both sides.

Divide by three on both sides.

The answer is:  

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