Do the equations x = 4y + 1 and x = 4y – 1 have the same solution? How might you explain your answer to someone who has not learned algebra?

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paduncan | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Adjunct Educator

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4y is equal to 4y so if you add one to that number it cannot be equal to the number minus 1.

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embizze | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

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The equations x=4y+1 and x=4y-1 have no solutions in common.

Graphically, these are parallel lines and thus have no common points.

Numerically, it is clear that for any given y, 4y+1>4y-1 so the associated x-values cannot be the same.