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graph being calculated...This diagram shows how the optimum value of a quantity Q = ax+by can be found from a linear programming graph. First the constraints are plotted to create an unshaded region within which solutions must occur.

Graphs of Q=ax+by are plotted for various values of Q and can be used to help identify the values of x and y that give the required values of Q.
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Glossary

graph

A diagram showing a relationship between two variables.
The diagram shows a vertical y axis and a horizontal x axis.

linear

Straight, not curved. A linear equation is of the first degree, for example y = 2x+1.

union

The union of two sets A and B is the set containing all the elements of A and B.

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