Video: Determining the Axis That Is Parallel to the Given Equation of a Straight Line

Which axis is the straight line 𝑦 = 3 parallel to?

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Which axis is the straight line 𝑦 equals three parallel to?

First, we know that parallel lines do not intersect and they have the same slope. We have the equation 𝑦 equals three. If we think about the general form for a straight line 𝑦 equals π‘šπ‘₯ plus 𝑏 and we have 𝑦 equals three, which means that we have a slope of zero. From there, if we sketch a 𝑦- and π‘₯-axis, graphing the line 𝑦 equals three would look like this. We should notice here that the line 𝑦 equals three crosses the 𝑦-axis. And we know that’s true because it has a 𝑏-value of three. And in the general form, the 𝑏 represents the 𝑦-intercept.

We can, therefore, say that the straight line 𝑦 equals three is not parallel to the 𝑦-axis because it intersects the 𝑦-axis. But we can say that 𝑦 equals three is parallel to the π‘₯-axis. The π‘₯-axis is the line where 𝑦 equals zero. The straight line 𝑦 equals three is parallel to the π‘₯-axis.

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