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    The first equation we were given was 2x + 3y = 26 for L1, and we needed to rearrange that in the first part of the question to find the gradient of L2 (perpendicular to L1). I rearranged it to get y = -2/3x +26/3, which was correct.

    We could then work out the equation of L2, which was y=2/3x, which was correct.

    However, for part B (this one in the image), you need to substitute them into each other to find where they intersect. ExamSolutions and MathsGenie solutions did it via using L1 in form ax+by+c and L2 in the form y=mx+c, replacing b with mx+c.

    However, I tried doing it by using L1 in the form y=-2/3x +26/3 and L2 in form y=2/3x, made them equal to each other and tried it that way, so I had:
    2/3x = -2/3x + 26/3

    Are you not able to do it the way I tried? I tried it and got a horrible number when solving for x.

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    You have the equation of the second line wrong.
    Your method is perfectly valid as actually is exactly he same method as the guy on the video - however you get the wrong answer because your equation of the second line is not right.

    You have to reciprocate the gradient for the perpendicular line
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