Can you write an equation of a line that goes through the point 2 and negative 8 if the slope is undefined?  No

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kjcdb8er | Teacher | (Level 1) Associate Educator

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It depends on what you mean by "undefined". If you mean that the slope is unknown then no, there are an infinite number of lines passing through a single point.

If you mean that the slope is of the form m = 1/0, then this is the case for a vertical line passing through the point (2,-8). The equation for this line is x = 2.

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neela | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Valedictorian

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Let the required equation of a line be y =mx+c where m is any slope.

If this line passes through (x1,y1) then ,


(y- -8) = m(x-2) as (x1,y1)=(2,-8). Or

y+8=m(x-2). Or

y=mx-2m+8  defines  any straight line through (2,-8) for an desired slope.

Special cases when  m is infinite:

If m is infinite, then 1/m = 0, then y/m=0 = x-2 or x-2 = 0 is a perpendicular line  to x axis which passes through (2,-8)

Special case when m is zero:

If m= o, y=-8 is parallel to x axis.

Hope this helps.