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There are several forms that the equation of a line can take. They may look different, but they all describe the same line--a line can be described by many equations. All (linear) equations describing a particular line, however, are equivalent.
The first of the forms for a linear equation is slope-intercept form. Equations in slope-intercept form look like this:
|y = mx + b|
To write an equation in slope-intercept form, given a graph of that equation, pick two points on the line and use them to find the slope. This is the value of m in the equation. Next, find the coordinates of the y-intercept--this should be of the form (0, b). The y- coordinate is the value of b in the equation.
Finally, write the equation, substituting numerical values in for m and b. Check your equation by picking a point on the line (not the y-intercept) and plugging it in to see if it satisfies the equation.
Example 1: Write an equation of the following line in slope-intercept form:
Example 2: Write an equation of the line with slope m = which crosses the y-axis at (0, - ).
y = x -
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