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If line L passes through [#permalink] New post 31 Mar 2011, 04:45
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157. If line L passes through point (m, n) and
(– m, – n), where m and n are not 0, which of the following must be true?
I. The slope of L is positive
II. The slope of L is negative
III. L exactly passes through 2 quadrants
(A) I only
(B) II only
(C) III only
(D) I and II only
(E) II and III only
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Re: If line L passes through [#permalink] New post 31 Mar 2011, 05:20
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157. If line L passes through point (m, n) and
(– m, – n), where m and n are not 0, which of the following must be true?
I. The slope of L is positive
II. The slope of L is negative
III. L exactly passes through 2 quadrants
(A) I only
(B) II only
(C) III only
(D) I and II only
(E) II and III only


Equation of the line with slope m passing through point (x_1,y_1) & (x_2,y_2)
(y-y_1)=m(x-x_1)=\frac{y_2-y_1}{x_2-x_1}(x-x_1)

We have the line that is passing through (m,n) & (-m,-n)

Slope=\frac{-n-n}{-m-m}=\frac{n}{m}

Equation of the line will be:
y-n=\frac{n}{m}(x-m)
y-n=\frac{n}{m}x-n
y=\frac{n}{m}x

Thus we know that this line passes through the origin as the y-intercept is 0. This makes III true.

If we put, n=1 and m=1
y=x; this line has a positive slope. We can count II out.

Put n=-1 and m=1
y=-x; this line has negative slope. We can count I out.

Ans: "C"
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Re: If line L passes through [#permalink] New post 31 Mar 2011, 05:28
Let (m,n) = (2,3)

(-m,-n) = (-2,-3)

Slope = (3+3)/(2+2) = 6/4 = 3/2

So II may not be true


Let (m,n) = (2,-3) then (-m,-n) = (-2,3)

So slope = (3 +3)/(-2-2) = -3/2

so I may not be true


So such a line would be -> (y - 3) = 3/2(x - 2)

=> 2y - 6 = 3x - 6

=> 2y - 3x = 0, hence no x or y intercept, so it passes through origin.

III is true.

Answer - C
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Re: If line L passes through [#permalink] New post 31 Mar 2011, 05:35
@fluke and @PKit, should this be moved to PS forum, doesn't look like a DS question.
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this means that L exactly passes through 2 quadrants.
these quadrants are:1,3 or 2,4
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and L:y=x (for quadrants 1&3)==>slop=1 (positive)
and L:y=-x (for quadrants 2&4)==>slop=-1 (negative)
therfore, the correct answer is C;
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