Posted by **Algebra Parent** on Friday, March 21, 2008 at 7:20pm.

Can someone tell me if these problems have the right answers? I am tooooooo old to know this any more. I understand the first one, but 2&3 are vaguely familiar.

25x^2+25x+6=0

the answer is x=-1/2 +/- 1/10

#2 solve for V=1/3Bh for B

answer is B=V/ 1/3h

#3 Find equation of line (-4,-3) and (5,6)

answer is 1x+y=-4

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**Reiny**, Friday, March 21, 2008 at 7:38pm
the first one is wrong

25x^2+25x+6=0 factors to

(5x+2)(5x+3) = 0

so x = -2/5 or x = -3/5

in the second one

V=1/3Bh multiply both sides by 3

3V = Bh now divide both sides by h

3V/h = B

no for the third one, sorry 3 strikes!

most students appear to be taught the

y = mx + b method

so slope = m = 9/9 = 1

so y = x + b

sub in one of the points, say (5,6)

6 = 5 + b

b = 1

so the equation is y = x + 1 or

x - y = -1

(test the two given points, they both work. They don't work in your equation)

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**Algebra Parent**, Friday, March 21, 2008 at 7:56pm
#3 He has the m=9/9 slope

the 6 and 5 are written m=6-(-3)/5-(-4), so he has a - sign where there should be a plus sign? He must be using the wrong formula, because at the beginning he has m=y2-y1/x2-x1. The numbers 2&1 are below the y and x. Hehas used the formula y=mx+b before.

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**Reiny**, Friday, March 21, 2008 at 8:35pm
the slope is indeed 9/9 which is 1

so m=1

the calculations for slope are correct, I don't like the way you typed them.

You have to use brackets to control the proper order of operation, so your

m=6-(-3)/5-(-4) should be written as

m=(6-(-3)) / (5-(-4))

m = (6+3) / (5+4) because 6 - (-3) = 6 + (3)

m = 9/9

m =1

m=y2-y1/x2-x1 is simply the formula used to find slope if you are given two points.

it means take (the y of the second point - the y of the first point), then divide it by (the x of the second point - the x of the first point)

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