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Two lines are parallel if and only if their slopes are equal. Since the coefficient on the x-term of a linear equation in slope intercept form is the slope of the line, if the two slopes are equal, then the lines are parallel. Since the constant term is the value of the y-coordinate of the point of intersection between the line and the y-axis, if the two constant terms are different, the two lines must intersect the y-axis in different points, hence the two parallel lines cannot be the same line. To illustrate the point graphically, draw two parallel lines. Label the points of intersection with the y-axis as (0,
) and (0,
On the other hand, if
, then regardless of the values of
, the lines will intersect at (0,b). If
happen to be equal, then the two lines are the same line and there are an infinite number of elements in the solution set. If
are not equal, then they will intersect in just one point, namely (0,b), and that will be the single element in the solution set. To illustrate graphically, draw two lines that intersect each other and the y-axis all at the same point. Label this point (0,b) and make reference to the fact that