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**x1000uf****Member**- Registered: 2006-02-26
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i dont know how to do it with factions someone help??!!!!

im gonna fail becuase i dont know how to do it

y-9=2/5(x+20

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**MathsIsFun****Administrator**- Registered: 2005-01-21
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What was the actual question? How to simplify y-9=2/5(x+20 ) ?

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**ganesh****Moderator**- Registered: 2005-06-28
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I guess the question is finding the equation of a straight line whose slope is 2/5 and which passes through the point (-20, 9).

The equation of a straight line passing through a given point (x1, y1) and with a given slope, m, is

y - y1 = m(x - x1).

In the given problem, x1 = -20, y1=9 and m=2/5.

Therefore, the equation of the straight line is

y-9 = 2/5[(x+20)]

5y-45 = 2x + 40

5y - 2x = 85

2x - 5y + 85 = 0 is the required equation.

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**krassi_holmz****Real Member**- Registered: 2005-12-02
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or y=(2x+85)/5?

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