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[SOLVED] 311.1.3.19 find h and k in the system


Well-known member
Jan 31, 2012
find h and k such that the system has, no solution (parallel) ,unique solution (intersection) , many solutions (same line)

by observation if h=2 then $k=\mathbb{R}, k\ne 8$ for parallel

if $h\ne 2$ then intersection

if $h=2$ and $k=8$ many solutions

Country Boy

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MHB Math Helper
Jan 30, 2018
I presume that you solved the equations:
Multiply the first equation by 4 to get \(\displaystyle 4x_1+ 4hx_2= 8\).
Subtract that from the second equation, \(\displaystyle 4x_1+ 8x_2= k\) to get \(\displaystyle (8- 4h)x_2= k- 8\).

Solve for \(\displaystyle x_2\) by dividing by 8- 4h: \(\displaystyle x_2= \frac{k- 8}{8- 4h}\). As long as 8- 4h is not 0, which means h is not 2, there is a unique answer. (There are two intersecting lines.)

If h= 2 and k= 8 the equation is \(\displaystyle 0x_2= 0\) which is true for all \(\displaystyle x_2\) so there are infinitely many solutions. (There is only one line described by both equations.)

If h= 2 and k is not 8, the equation is \(\displaystyle 0x_2= k- 8\) which is NOT true for any \(\displaystyle x_2\). There is no solution. (There are two parallel lines.)

That is what you have. Well done!
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