Can I get a jump start in solving this

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Determine whether the following system is independent, inconsistent, or dependant.
3x – 4y = 8

0.75x – y = -2
 

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HallsofIvy
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Are you saying that you do not know what "independent", "dependent", or "inconsistent" mean? I think you would be better served by looking up the definitions yourself in your textbook.

There are a number of ways of determining whether or not a system of equations is "independent" or "consistent" but the simplest is to try to solve the equations and see what happens.
 
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Is this correct?

3x – 4y = 8
.75x - y = -2
so,
-4(0.75x – y) = (-2)-4
-3x + 4y = 8
0=16 This is inconsistent
 
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Yep, you've got it!
 

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