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Linear Equations

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Linear Equations

Lesson 2.3

- Definition:
- A statement that two mathematical expressions are equal
- An equation always contains an equals sign =

- Examples

The statement may be true or false.

Called a contradiction

This one is referred to as an identity

- Searching for value(s) of the variable(s) which make the statement true
- Called the "solution set"

- Some equations have nosolutions
x + 1 = x

- Some equations have multiple solutions2x + 16 = 2(x + 8) x2 = 9 x + y = 21

- Format: the equation can be written
- a and b are real numbers
- a ≠ 0

- Solved by manipulating both sides of the equation
- Add same quantity to both sides
- Multiply both sides by same quantity

- Treat the equation astwo separate functions
- Each side of the equals sign

- Specify each side as a function in the Y = screen

- Note the intersection(s)
- Sometimes can be determined by observation
- Otherwise ask calculator to determine

- Calculator will ask you to specify
- Which lines to use
- Lower and upper bounds

- The x-value is the solution to our original equation

- Given
- Let each side be a function
- Place in Y= screen of calculator

- View table ♦Y,
- Adjust starting point, increment
- Narrow down search, adjust again
- Look for matches

- Lesson 2.3A
- Page 126
- Exercises 1 – 73 EOO

- Jot down important facts
- Draw a picture
- Assign a variable to what you want to solve for
- Write an equation that represents the relationships described
- Solve the equation
- Make sure that you have answered the original question – sometimes it is some other form of the equation solution

- A person 66 inches tall is standing 15 ft from a streetlight. If the person casts a shadow 84 inches long, how tall is the streetlight?

- At 2:00 a runner heads north on a highway jogging at 10 mph. At 2:30 a driver heads north on the same highway to pick up the runner. The car was traveling at 55 mph. How long will it take the driver to catch the runner?

Remember that Dist = Rate * Time

Hint: What two things are equal so we can write an equation?

- Lesson 2.3B
- Page 128
- Exercises 91 – 107 EOO