Algebra II : Vertical and Horizontal Lines

Example Questions

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Example Question #11 : Functions And Graphs

Which of the following is a horizontal line?      Explanation:

A horizontal line has infinitely many values for , but only one possible value for . Thus, it is always of the form , where is a constant. Horizontal lines have a slope of . The only equation of this form is Example Question #1 : Linear Functions

Which of the following equations represents a line that is perpendicular to ?      Explanation:

The equation is a vertical line, so the perpendicular line must be horizontal. The only answer choice that is a horizontal line is .

Example Question #21 : Functions And Graphs

Which of the following is a vertical line?      Explanation:

A vertical line has infinitely many values of but only one value of . Thus, vertical lines are of the form , where is a real number. The only equation of this form is Example Question #291 : Functions And Graphs

Which of the following answers describes the graph of this equation? (Select all answers that apply)

vertical line

Not enough information

horizontal line

vertical line

Explanation:

The graph of x=5 is a vertical line. The equation x=5 represents all points with x- value equal to 5.

Try to plot a couple of points with an x-value of 5.

A few examples are (5, 0), (5, 2), (5,5).

Draw a line connecting the points and you obtain a vertical line intercepting the x-axis at (5,0).

Example Question #3 : Linear Functions

Which of the following is an equation of a vertical line?      Explanation:

Think about the meaning of a vertical line on the coordinate grid. The value changes to any value, yet the value always stays the same. Thus, we are talking about an equation in which the is free, or is not effected, and the is constant. This is an equation of the form , where is a constant.

Example Question #291 : Functions And Graphs

Which of the following is an equation of a horizontal line?      Explanation:

Think about what it means to be a horizontal line. The value changes to be any real number, but the value always remains constant. Thus, we are looking for an equation in which the value is constant and the value is not present. This would be any equation of the form , where is a constant.

Example Question #5 : Linear Functions

I) II) III) IV) Which of the presented equations are vertical lines?

I

I and II

I and III

II and IV

III and IV

I and III

Explanation:

A vertical line is only dependent on and is completely independent of . Therefore, since I is , I is a vertical line. II is not a vertical line since it is only dependent upon ; it is in fact a horizontal line.

For III, if we simplify the equation it becomes and finally Since III is only dependent upon , III is a vertical line.

IV is codependent upon both and , so it is neither a vertical nor a horizontal line. Therefore, only I and III are vertical lines.

Example Question #6 : Linear Functions

What is the equation for the horizontal line containing the point ?     Explanation:

The equation for a horizontal line is where b is the y-coordinate of the point on the line.

As such, the equation for the line containing the point (7, 10) is Example Question #1 : Linear Functions

What is the equation for the vertical line containing the point ?     Explanation:

The equation for a vertical line is where is the -coordinate of the point on the line.

As such, the equation for the line containing the point is, .

Example Question #8 : Linear Functions

What is the slope of a vertical line? Undefined   The slope of a line is defined as the change in the y direction divided by the change in the x direction. A vertical line does not change in the y direction nor the x direction. This means that it's slope is . It is impossible to divide any number by zero, therefore the answer is undefined. 