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Graphical Representation of Linear Equations in Two Variables

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Graphical Representation of Linear Equations in Two Variables - Lesson Summary

A linear equation in two variables represents a straight line geometrically. The straight line is called the graph of the linear equation in two variables.

The solutions of a linear equation can be obtained by substituting different values for x in the equation to find the corresponding values of y.

The values of x and y are represented as an order pair. To plot the graph of a linear equation, its solutions are found algebraically and then the points are plotted on the graph.

Any linear equation of the form 'ax + by + c = 0' represents a straight line on the graph. The points of the straight line make up the collection of solutions of the equation.

Every point that satisfies the linear equation lies on the line. Every point that lies on the line is a solution of the linear equation. A point that does not lie on the line is not a solution of the linear equation.

An equation in the form of y = mx where m is a real number, represents a straight line passing through the origin in a cartesian plane.

The equation of x-axis is y = 0. Equation of any line parallel to x-axis is of the form y = k.
The equation of y-axis is x = 0. Equation of any line  parallel to y-axis is of the form x = k.

The solution of a linear equation is not affected when:
(i) the same number is added to (or subtracted from) both the side of an equation.
(ii) multiplying or dividing both the sides of the equation by the same non-zero number.


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