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A line is graphed on a coordinate plane. How many times less is the distance between the y-intercept and the x-axis than the distance between the x-intercept and the y-axis?

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To solve this problem we need the x and y intercepts. We can find these intercepts with the \(y = mx + b\) equation of the line. So if we can find the line's slope (m) and the y-intercept (b), we will have sufficient information. Each of the two statements gives us one piece of the equation, so we need to take them together. The correct answer is C.

To solve this problem we need the x and y intercepts. We can find these intercepts with the \(y = mx + b\) equation of the line. So if we can find the line's slope (m) and the y-intercept (b), we will have sufficient information. Each of the two statements gives us one piece of the equation, so we need to take them together. The correct answer is C.

hi sterling, i think you have answered generally all question correctly but this may be wrong although approach has been correct.. i think ans should be A.. tht is slope itself is sufficient in this case..
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ans A.. the question gives following info.. Let the y intercept be (0,y) and x intercept, (x,0)... distance between the y intercept and x axis is y-0=y.. distance between the x intercept and y axis is x-0=x..

now the question asks us.." How many times less is the distance between the y-intercept and the x-axis than the distance between the x-intercept and the y-axis?". It basically means (x-y)/x = 1-y/x or ( 1- slope ).. now lets take the statements.. 1) statement one gives us slope... sufficient as we required slope itself 2) statement two tells us about y intercept... x intercept required.. insufficient

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A line is graphed on a coordinate plane. How many times less is the distance between the y-intercept and the x-axis than the distance between the x-intercept and the y-axis?

(1) The slope of the line is −9/13.

(2) The y-intercept is located at (0, 26).

since we need to know HOW MANY TIMES LESS is the distance, we do not need to find a value for the distance, but for a number which multiplies the y intercept distance from the x-ax.

(2) does not provide us with the x intercept. insuff (1) does provide us with the slope. if, for example the y intercept is 9, we know that the x intercept is at x=13. if the y intercept is 4,5, we know that the x intercept is at 6,5. its the sample multiple. since all parallels of THIS exact line contain the same multiple, the parallel going through 0 also has the same multiple.

A line is graphed on a coordinate plane. How many times less is the distance between the y-intercept and the x-axis than the distance between the x-intercept and the y-axis?

C. This problem is a classic "Why Are You Here?" data sufficiency problem related to Statement 2. The slope of a line (with one exception) will provide the ratio of x-intercept to y-intercept. Say that the line were in the form y = (-9/13)x + 9. The y-intercept would be 9, and the x-intercept would be 13; if you double the y-intercept just to see the ratio pattern, you'd see that the ratio stays exactly the same: y = (-9/13)x + 18 would leave a y-intercept of 18 and an x-intercept of 26, again for a ratio of y-int : x-int of 9:13.

But here is why you need to consider what statement 2 is telling you - it's clearly not sufficient on its own, but what it does tell you is that the line does not pass through the origin (0,0). If it were to pass through the origin, the ratio of intercepts would be 0:0, since the intercept points would be at exactly that (0, 0) point. That's the only point on the coordinate plane for which the ratio of x-intercept to y-intercept is not defined by the slope.
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ans A.. the question gives following info.. Let the y intercept be (0,y) and x intercept, (x,0)... distance between the y intercept and x axis is y-0=y.. distance between the x intercept and y axis is x-0=x..

now the question asks us.." How many times less is the distance between the y-intercept and the x-axis than the distance between the x-intercept and the y-axis?". It basically means (x-y)/x = 1-y/x or ( 1- slope ).. now lets take the statements.. 1) statement one gives us slope... sufficient as we required slope itself 2) statement two tells us about y intercept... x intercept required.. insufficient

ans A

I am confused about the OA. Can an expert have a look at this question? I also thought the answer to be A? Thanks.

ans A.. the question gives following info.. Let the y intercept be (0,y) and x intercept, (x,0)... distance between the y intercept and x axis is y-0=y.. distance between the x intercept and y axis is x-0=x..

now the question asks us.." How many times less is the distance between the y-intercept and the x-axis than the distance between the x-intercept and the y-axis?". It basically means (x-y)/x = 1-y/x or ( 1- slope ).. now lets take the statements.. 1) statement one gives us slope... sufficient as we required slope itself 2) statement two tells us about y intercept... x intercept required.. insufficient

ans A

I am confused about the OA. Can an expert have a look at this question? I also thought the answer to be A? Thanks.