### Equation of a Line Parallel to the X-axis or Y-axis #### Lesson Objective

This lesson shows you how to determine the equation of a line that is parallel to the x-axis or y-axis. In this lesson, we will learn how to determine the equation of a line that is parallel to the x-axis or y-axis.

This lesson shows you the concepts that you should know about a line that is parallel to the x-axis or y-axis of the coordinate plane. Also, we will see some examples on determining its equation.

You should proceed by reading the study tips and watch the math video below. After that, you can try out the practice questions. ### Study Tips #### Tip #1

For a line that is parallel to the x-axis, the equation for such a line is:

y = b, where b is some constant

Now, notice that b is the value of the y-coordinate of any point on the line. For example, if b = -2, the equation of the line parallel to the x-axis will be:

y = -2

The math video below will show you the reason behind this.  #### Tip #2

Similarly, for a line that is parallel to the y-axis, the equation for such a line is:

x = a where a is some constant

Also, notice that a is the value of the x-coordinate of any point on the line. For example, if a = 1, the equation of the line parallel to the x-axis will be:

x = 1

The math video below will show you the reason behind this.  #### Tip #3

Usually, the equation of a line parallel to the x-axis is written this way:

y = 1

For some cases, you may come across the equation above written in this form instead:

y -1 = 0

Now, these two equations are in fact the same, this is because if we add +1 to both sides of the equation, we have:

y -1 +1 = 1
y = 1

So, we can see that there is no difference between these two equations. This explanation also applies to the equation of a line parallel to the y-axis.

### Math Video #### Lesson Video #### Math Video Transcript

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This lesson shows you how to determine the equation of a line, that is parallel to the x-axis or y-axis.

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Let's consider these 3 points. When we draw, a line through these points, this line will be parallel to the x-axis.

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Now, notice that all these points have the same y-coordinates of 2.

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When I move these points up, take note of the values of these y-coordinates.

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As you can see, the y-coordinates for these points, are always the same as each other.

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Now, for this case, the y-coordinates for these points is 5.

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Therefore, from this observation, we can say that every single point on this line, has the y-coordinate of 5.

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Knowing this, we can simply represent this line with the equation, y = 5.

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Let's explore further. Take note of the values of these y-coordinates, when I move these points down.

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Again, notice that the y-coordinates for these points, are the same as each other.

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Therefore, from this observation, we can say that every single point on this line, has the y-coordinate of -2.

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Knowing this, we can simply represent this line with the equation, y = -2.

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Alright, let's consider another 3 points.

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When we draw a line through these points, we get a line parallel to the y-axis.

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Now, notice that all these points have the same x-coordinates of 1.

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When I move these points to the right, take note of the values of these x-coordinates.

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As you can see, the x-coordinates for these points, are always the same as each other.

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Therefore, from this observation, we can say that every single point on this line, has the x-coordinate of 2.

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Knowing this, we can simply represent this line with the equation, x = 2.

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Let's explore further. Take note of the values of these x-coordinates when I move these points to the left.

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As you can see, the x-coordinates for these points, are always the same as each other.

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Therefore, from this observation, we can say that every single point on this line, has the x-coordinate of -4.

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Knowing this, we can represent this line with the equation, x = -4.

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Alright, Let's see some examples.

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Determine the equation of a line, that passes through the point (-3, 4) and is parallel to the x-axis.

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Now, since the line is parallel to the x-axis, we can draw a horizontal line passing through the point (-3, 4)

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By observation, since this point have the y-coordinate of 4, this line will have all its points with y-coordinate of 4 as well.

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Knowing this, we can represent this line with the equation, y = 4.

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Next, determine the equation of a line, that passes through the point (-3, 4) and is parallel to the y-axis.

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Now, since the line is parallel to the y-axis, we can draw a vertical line passing through the point (-3, 4)

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By observation, since this point have the x-coordinate of -3, this line will have all its points with x-coordinate of - 3 as well.

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Knowing this, we can represent this line with the equation, x = -3.

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That's all for this lesson. Try out the practice question to test your understanding.

### Practice Questions & More #### Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ)

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