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However,I need to understand what's wrong with the algebraic method. Please don't reply with an intuitive answer. There is no doubt about OA.

A Let the equation of line be y=mx+c

1) X intercept => 0=mx+c => x=-c/m; Now if the x-intercept =0; it means that m could be either infinity or a non-zero. I believe that "c/m = 0/0" is undefined. Hence, m will not be equal to Zero. No. This doesn't make sense. What am I missing here?

2) Y intercept => y= c =0; therefore, y=mx; Not sufficient.

1 and 2) x intercept = 0 and y-intercept = 0=> c=0 and c/m=0 => m is not equal to zero.

Re: In the XY-Plane , is the slope of the line k equal to 0 ? [#permalink]
08 Aug 2012, 08:40

voodoochild wrote:

In the XY-Plane , is the slope of the line k equal to 0 ?

(1) The X- intercept of k is 0

(2) The y-intercept of k is 0.

Logically, OA E makes sense.

However,I need to understand what's wrong with the algebraic method. Please don't reply with an intuitive answer. There is no doubt about OA.

A Let the equation of line be y=mx+c

1) X intercept => 0=mx+c => x=-c/m; Now if the x-intercept =0; it means that m could be either infinity or a non-zero. I believe that "c/m = 0/0" is undefined. Hence, m will not be equal to Zero. No. This doesn't make sense. What am I missing here?

2) Y intercept => y= c =0; therefore, y=mx; Not sufficient.

1 and 2) x intercept = 0 and y-intercept = 0=> c=0 and c/m=0 => m is not equal to zero.

It's crazy, but I am a bit lost....

Thoughts?

I think u should try the intercept equation x/a+y/b =1, where a is x-intercept and b is y-intercept.

the equation u used for validating St 1 is for: If the slope 'm' and y intercept 'c' of a line are given the equation of line is Y= mX +C _________________

Re: In the XY-Plane , is the slope of the line k equal to 0 ? [#permalink]
08 Aug 2012, 09:37

There is no need of the y=mx+c equation here. A line has the slope zero if it is parallel to X-axis or lies on the X-axis itself. Statement1- X intercept=0 can be a line passing through the origin. Statement 2- y intercept zero- means the line is either parallel to y axis or passing through the origin.

Both the statements are not sufficient! Hope this helps _________________

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Re: In the XY-Plane , is the slope of the line k equal to 0 ? [#permalink]
08 Aug 2012, 10:16

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voodoochild wrote:

In the XY-Plane , is the slope of the line k equal to 0 ?

(1) The X- intercept of k is 0

(2) The y-intercept of k is 0.

Logically, OA E makes sense.

However,I need to understand what's wrong with the algebraic method. Please don't reply with an intuitive answer. There is no doubt about OA.

A Let the equation of line be y=mx+c

1) X intercept => 0=mx+c => x=-c/m; Now if the x-intercept =0; it means that m could be either infinity or a non-zero. I believe that "c/m = 0/0" is undefined. Hence, m will not be equal to Zero. No. This doesn't make sense. What am I missing here?

2) Y intercept => y= c =0; therefore, y=mx; Not sufficient.

1 and 2) x intercept = 0 and y-intercept = 0=> c=0 and c/m=0 => m is not equal to zero.

It's crazy, but I am a bit lost....

Thoughts?

(1) x intercept is 0 means y=0 when x=0. Then from m*0+c=0 we obtain c=0, regardless to the value of m, which can never be infinity. m must be a real number, doesn't matter how large or small. Did you see an equation of a straight line written as y = \infty{x}+1? The given line passes through the origin, and its equation is of the form y = mx, or it can even be x = 0 (the y axis itself).

In fact, the general equation of a straight line is Ax+By+C=0, where A,B, are not simultaneously 0. If B\neq0, then we can express y from the given equation and get an expression of the form y=mx+n.

If B=0, and A\neq{0} we have a vertical line. The equation of a vertical line is in fact of the form x = c. Doesn't matter what the value of y, x is the same. So, the slope of such a line is not defined, as the "rise"(change in y) would be divided by the "run" (change in x) which is 0, and division by 0 has no sense.

Both statements tell you the same things: that the line passes through the origin, nothing more. That's why you cannot tell anything about the slope of the line.

Also, take a look at the short discussion of a linear equation of the form Ax=B: m23-74149-20.html#p1109547 _________________

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Re: In the XY-Plane , is the slope of the line k equal to 0 ? [#permalink]
08 Aug 2012, 10:25

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SOURH7WK wrote:

voodoochild wrote:

In the XY-Plane , is the slope of the line k equal to 0 ?

(1) The X- intercept of k is 0

(2) The y-intercept of k is 0.

Logically, OA E makes sense.

However,I need to understand what's wrong with the algebraic method. Please don't reply with an intuitive answer. There is no doubt about OA.

A Let the equation of line be y=mx+c

1) X intercept => 0=mx+c => x=-c/m; Now if the x-intercept =0; it means that m could be either infinity or a non-zero. I believe that "c/m = 0/0" is undefined. Hence, m will not be equal to Zero. No. This doesn't make sense. What am I missing here?

2) Y intercept => y= c =0; therefore, y=mx; Not sufficient.

1 and 2) x intercept = 0 and y-intercept = 0=> c=0 and c/m=0 => m is not equal to zero.

It's crazy, but I am a bit lost....

Thoughts?

I think u should try the intercept equation x/a+y/b =1, where a is x-intercept and b is y-intercept.

the equation u used for validating St 1 is for: If the slope 'm' and y intercept 'c' of a line are given the equation of line is Y= mX +C

This equation can be used when both the x and the y intercept are non-zero, which here is not the case. a and b are explicitly the two intercepts, and in order to appear in the denominator, neither can be 0.

One should rather use the general form of the linear equation for a straight line: Ax + By + C = 0. _________________

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Re: In the XY-Plane, is the slope of the line k equal to 0 ? [#permalink]
09 Aug 2012, 02:41

Expert's post

In the XY-Plane, is the slope of the line k equal to 0 ?

Equation of a line in point-intercept form is y=mx+b, where m is the slope of that line. Now, if m=0, then the equation becomes y=b, which means that y does not change as x increases, so the line in exactly horizontal. The slope of any horizontal line is always zero.

(1) The X-intercept of k is 0. No sufficient.

(2) The Y-intercept of k is 0. Not sufficient.

(1)+(2) From above we know that line k passes through the origin but we can not say whether it's horizontal (X-axis) or not. Not sufficient.

Re: In the XY-Plane, is the slope of the line k equal to 0 ? [#permalink]
01 Dec 2012, 05:36

Bunuel wrote:

In the XY-Plane, is the slope of the line k equal to 0 ?

Equation of a line in point-intercept form is y=mx+b, where m is the slope of that line. Now, if m=0, then the equation becomes y=b, which means that y does not change as x increases, so the line in exactly horizontal. The slope of any horizontal line is always zero.

(1) The X-intercept of k is 0. No sufficient.

(2) The Y-intercept of k is 0. Not sufficient.

(1)+(2) From above we know that line k passes through the origin but we can not say whether it's horizontal (X-axis) or not. Not sufficient.