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I am taking algebra 1 and I saw the phrase dashed boundary lines. May you please tell me the definition of this phrase?

Hello Nayla,

I am guessing that came up when graphing linear inequalities, yes?

For example, graphing y>x+1...since it is a strict inequality (i.e. it is

a "greater than" not "greater than or equal to") we graph the line as a dotted

or dashed line to indicate that it is a boundary but we cannot use points on the

line. If it were a "greater than or equal to" then we graph a solid line to

indicate that we can use points on the line. See now?

Here is a link that demonstrates the ideas:

http://www.mathsisfun.com/algebra/graphing-linear-inequalities.html

I hope this helps!

Abe

Algebra

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