# Show that $\operatorname{cov}(x,a + by) = b \operatorname{cov}(x,y)$

Let $x$ and $y$ be jointly distributed numeric variables and let $z=a+by$ , where $a$ and $b$ are constants. Show that $\operatorname{cov}(x,z)=b\, \operatorname{cov}(x,y)$.

Here's what I have so far, but then I got stuck.

Finished.

Hint: Note that $\sum_{i=1}^n x_i a = a\,n\,\mu(x)$, and $\mu(a + by) = a + b\mu(y)$. All the terms from the left that have an $a$ in them should "cancel out".