4.5: Graphs Using SlopeIntercept Form
So far in this chapter, you have learned how to graph the solutions to an equation in two variables by making a table and by using its intercepts. The last lesson introduced the formulas for slope. This lesson will combine intercepts and slope into a new formula.
You have seen different forms of this formula several times in this chapter. Below are several examples.
The proper name given to each of these equations is slopeintercept form because each equation tells the slope and the
The slopeintercept form of an equation is:
This equation makes it quite easy to graph the solutions to an equation of two variables because it gives you two necessary values:
 The starting position of your graph (the
y− intercept)  The directions to find your second coordinate (the slope)
Example 1: Determine the slope and the
Solution: Using the definition of slopeintercept form;
(0, 5)
Slopeintercept form applies to many equations, even those that do not look like the “standard” equation.
Example: Determine the slope and
Solution: At first glance, this does not look like the “standard” equation. However, we can substitute values for the slope and
This means the slope is 7 and the
Example: Determine the slope and
Solution: Using what you learned in the last lesson, the slope of every line of the form
Therefore, the slope is zero and the
You can also use a graph to determine the slope and
Example: Determine the slope and
Solution: Beginning with line
Line
Line
The remaining lines will be left for you in the Practice Set.
Graphing an Equation Using SlopeIntercept Form
Once we know the slope and the
Example: Graph the solutions to the equation
Solution: The equation is in slopeintercept form. To graph the solutions to this equation, you should start at the
Example 2: Graph the equation
Solution: Using the definition of slopeintercept form, this equation has a
Slopes of Parallel Lines
Parallel lines will never intersect, or cross. The only way for two lines never to cross is if the method of finding additional coordinates is the same.
Therefore, it's true that parallel lines have the same slope.
You will use this concept in Chapter 5 as well as in geometry.
Example 3: Determine the slope of any line parallel to
Solution: Because parallel lines have the same slope, the slope of any line parallel to
Practice Set
Sample explanations for some of the practice exercises below are available by viewing the following video. Note that there is not always a match between the number of the practice exercise in the video and the number of the practice exercise listed in the following exercise set. However, the practice exercise is the same in both. CK12 Basic Algebra: Graphs Using SlopeIntercept Form (11:11)
In 1 – 7, identify the slope and

y=2x+5 
y=−0.2x+7 
y=x 
y=3.75 
23x−9=y 
y=−0.01x+10,000 
7+35x=y
In 8 – 14, identify the slope of the following lines.
 \begin{align*}F\end{align*}
 \begin{align*}C\end{align*}
 \begin{align*}A\end{align*}
 \begin{align*}G\end{align*}
 \begin{align*}B\end{align*}
 \begin{align*}D\end{align*}
 \begin{align*}E\end{align*}
In 15 – 20, identify the slope and \begin{align*}y\end{align*}intercept for the following functions.
 \begin{align*}D\end{align*}
 \begin{align*}A\end{align*}
 \begin{align*}F\end{align*}
 \begin{align*}B\end{align*}
 \begin{align*}E\end{align*}
 \begin{align*}C\end{align*}
 Determine the slope and \begin{align*}y\end{align*}intercept of \begin{align*}5x+12=20\end{align*}.
Plot the following functions on a graph.
 \begin{align*}y=2x+5\end{align*}
 \begin{align*}y=0.2x+7\end{align*}
 \begin{align*}y=x\end{align*}
 \begin{align*}y=3.75\end{align*}
 \begin{align*}\frac{2}{7} x4=y\end{align*}
 \begin{align*}y=4x+13\end{align*}
 \begin{align*}2+\frac{3}{8} x=y\end{align*}
 \begin{align*}y=\frac{1}{2}+2x\end{align*}
In 30 – 37, state the slope of the line parallel to the line given.
 \begin{align*}y=2x+5\end{align*}
 \begin{align*}y=0.2x+7\end{align*}
 \begin{align*}y=x\end{align*}
 \begin{align*}y=3.75\end{align*}
 \begin{align*}y=\frac{1}{5}x11\end{align*}
 \begin{align*}y=5x+5\end{align*}
 \begin{align*}y=3x+11\end{align*}
 \begin{align*}y=3x+3.5\end{align*}
Mixed Review
 Graph \begin{align*}x = 4\end{align*} on the Cartesian plane.
 Solve for \begin{align*}g: 811+4g=99\end{align*}.
 What is the Order of Operations? When is the Order of Operations used?
 Give an example of a negative irrational number.
 Give an example of a positive rational number.
 True or false: An integer will always be considered a rational number.
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