# Assume that y varies inversely as x, how do you write an inverse variation equation that relates x and y given y=-4 when x=-3?

Dec 19, 2017

$y = \frac{12}{x}$

#### Explanation:

$\text{the initial statement is } y \propto \frac{1}{x}$

$\text{to convert to an equation multiply by k the constant}$
$\text{of variation}$

$\Rightarrow y = k \times \frac{1}{x} = \frac{k}{x}$

$\text{to find k use the given condition}$

$y = - 4 \text{ when } x = - 3$

$y = \frac{k}{x} \Rightarrow k = y x = - 4 \times - 3 = 12$

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