Line l_{1} represents the graph of 3x + 4y = -14. Line l_{2} passes through the point (-5,7), and is perpendicular to line l_{1}. If line l_{2} represents the graph of y=mx + b, then find m+b.

peepeepuupuu May 8, 2020

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Line 1 has the equation of 3x+4y = -14. I'm going to change this into slope intercept form

4y = -14 - 3x

y = -3x/4 + 7/2 This shows that the slope is -3/4. A function perpendicular to this would have a slope of 4/3. For 2 linear functions to be perpendicular their slopes must be negative reciprocals.

So line 2 so far has the equation y = 4x/3 + b

The question gives that this function passes through point -5,7, and we can plug this into the equation

7 = 4(-5)/3 + b

7 = -20/3 + b

b = 7 + 20/3

b = 61/3

The question is asking for m + b

m = 4/3 and b = 61/3

m + b = 65/3

Guest May 9, 2020