GreenlightTestPrep wrote:
Line K is defined by the equation 3x - 4y = 7, and line L is defined by the equation 2x + 2y = -5. If the point (m, n) is the intersection of lines K and L, what is the value of m + n?
A) -7
B) -3
C) -2.5
D) -3/7
E) -2
Key concept: the coordinates of each point on a line are solutions to the equation of that line.So, if the point (m, n) is the intersection of lines K and L, then the coordinates x = m and y = n must be solutions to BOTH equations.
So, we can write:
3m - 4n = 7 AND
2m + 2n = -5 To determine the value of m+n, we COULD solve the system of equations for the individual values of m and n, and then calculate the value of the sum m + n.
HOWEVER, here's a much faster solution.... Recognize that, in order to find the
sum m+n, we don't actually need to know the
individual values of m and n.
Also recognize that the desired sum (m + n) is "hiding" in the equation
2m + 2n = -5 .
That is, we can take
2m + 2n = -5, and divide both sides by 2 to get the EQUIVALENT equation
m + n = -2.5Answer: C
Cheers,
Brent