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In the xy-plane, the points (a, 0) and (0, b) are on the line whose equation is $$y = \frac{1}{2} x + 10$$

 Quantity A Quantity B a b

A) Quantity A is greater.
B) Quantity B is greater.
C) The two quantities are equal.
D) The relationship cannot be determined from the information given.
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Re: In the xy-plane, the points (a, 0) and (0, b) are on the lin [#permalink]
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Explanation

to get the value for point a
we replace 0 for y in the given equation
this gives 0=1/2 x + 10
-10=1/2 x>>>-20 = x

for b
replace 0 for x to get
y= 10
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Re: In the xy-plane, the points (a, 0) and (0, b) are on the lin [#permalink]
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We replace:
(a,0)--> 0=1/2(a)+10; so we get a=-20
(0,b)--> b=1/2(0)+10 we get b=10
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Re: In the xy-plane, the points (a, 0) and (0, b) are on the lin [#permalink]
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Carcass wrote:
In the xy-plane, the points (a, 0) and (0, b) are on the line whose equation is $$y = \frac{1}{2} x + 10$$

 Quantity A Quantity B a b

A) Quantity A is greater.
B) Quantity B is greater.
C) The two quantities are equal.
D) The relationship cannot be determined from the information given.

Since the points (a, 0) and (0, b) lie ON the line $$y = \frac{1}{2} x + 10$$, we know that the coordinates of those point must satisfy the equation of the line

That is, x = a and y = 0 satisfies the equation $$y = \frac{1}{2} x + 10$$
And x = 0 and y = b satisfies the equation $$y = \frac{1}{2} x + 10$$

Let's test each of these.
(a, 0)
replace x with a and y with 0 to get: $$0 = \frac{1}{2} a + 10$$
Subtract 10 from both sides: $$-10 = \frac{1}{2} a$$
Divide both sides by 1/2 to get: $$-20 = a$$

(0, b)
replace x with 0 and y with b to get: $$b = \frac{1}{2}(0) + 10$$
Simplify: $$b = 10$$

We get:
QUANTITY A: -20
QUANTITY B: 10

Cheers,
Brent
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