4.14: Graphs of Linear Functions
Suppose the linear function
Guidance
You can see that the notation
Example A
This equation is in slopeintercept form. You can now graph the function by graphing the
Example B
Graph
Solution: The first step is to rewrite the single fraction as two separate fractions.
This equation is in slopeintercept form. The
Analyzing Graphs of RealWorld Linear Functions
The previous graph, written by T. Barron and S. Katsberg from the University of Georgia http://jwilson.coe.uga.edu/emt668/EMAT6680.Folders/Barron/unit/Lesson%204/4.html, shows the relationship between the salary (in thousands of dollars) and the taxes paid (in thousands of dollars) in red. The blue function represents a direct variation situation in which the constant of variation (or the slope) is 0.30, or a 30% tax rate. This direct variation represents a flat tax of 30%.
The red line has three slopes. The first portion of the line from $0 to $15,000 has a slope of 0.20, or 20%. The second portion of the line from $15,000 to $45,000 has a slope of 0.25, or 25%. The slope of the portion of the line representing greater than $45,000 of salary is 0.35, or 35%.
Example C
Suppose you wanted to compare the amount of taxes you would pay if your salary was $60,000. If the blue line was
Using the graph,
Guided Practice
Car A uses 15 gallons of gasoline to drive 2.5 hours. Write an equation for this function, graph it and use it to answer: How much gas would this car use if it were driving 30 minutes?
Solution:
The car uses a certain number of gallons of gasoline per hour. That is a rate, and if you multiply it by a certain number of hours, it will tell you how many gallons are needed to drive that many hours. This can be written as a linear function, where the dependent variable
The rate, which is the slope, is:
The function is then:
The graph looks like the following:
You can see in the graph that
You can also check that your graph was correct in the first place by seeing that one of the coordinate pairs is 2.5 hours and 15 gallons, which was originally given in the problem.
Practice
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: Linear Function Graphs (11:49)
(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EmTvdKkAUtE)
 The roasting guide for a turkey suggests cooking for 100 minutes plus an additional 8 minutes per pound.
 Write a function for the roasting time, given the turkey weight in pounds
(x) .  Determine the time needed to roast a 10lb turkey.
 Determine the time needed to roast a 27lb turkey.
 Determine the maximum size turkey you could roast in
412 hours.
 Write a function for the roasting time, given the turkey weight in pounds

F(C)=1.8C+32 is the function used to convert Celsius to Fahrenheit. FindF(100) and explain what it represents.  A prepaid phone card comes with $20 worth of calls. Calls cost a flat rate of $0.16 per minute. Write the value of the card as a function of minutes per call. Use a function to determine the number of minutes of phone calls you can make with the card.
 You can burn 330 calories during one hour of bicycling. Write this situation using
b(h) as the function notation. Evaluateb(0.75) and explain its meaning.  Sadie has a bank account with a balance of $650.00. She plans to spend $55 per week.
 Write this situation using function notation.
 Evaluate her account after 10 weeks. What can you conclude?
Mixed Review
 Simplify
−120(12)(35) .  Find the sum:
714+323+534 .  Simplify
−3(4m+11) .  Is the following situation an example of a function? Let
x= salary andy= taxes paid. 
y varies directly asz , andy=450 whenz=6 . Find the constant of variation.
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Here you'll learn how to graph a linear function by finding the graph's slope and \begin{align*}y\end{align*} intercept.