# 5.3: Linear Equations in Standard Form

## Learning Objectives

At the end of this lesson, students will be able to:

- Write equivalent equations in standard form.
- Find the slope and intercept from an equation in standard form.
- Write equations in standard form from a graph.
- Solve real-world problems using linear models in standard form.

## Vocabulary

Terms introduced in this lesson:

- standard form
- slope
- intercepts

## Teaching Strategies and Tips

An equation in standard form:

- Can be used to express the equation of a vertical line. This is not possible in slope-intercept or point-slope forms.
- Makes finding intercepts easy. Remind students of the cover-up method introduced in lesson
*Graphing Using Intercepts,*chapter*Graphs of Equations and Functions*.

Use Example 3 to find the equations of the lines in standard form using the intercepts and without resorting to slope. The steps are essentially the steps used in the cover-up method only in reverse.

Have students derive the equations that describe the situations in Examples 4 and 5.

## Error Troubleshooting

General Tip: Point out that the in does not represent the intercept as it did in an equation in slope-intercept form.

In Example 3c, the intercept is a fraction, . After eliminating the denominator, , proceed with the method as usual using the instead; i.e. *What number times equals some other number times (the intercept)?*

General Tip: Encourage students to include units when labeling their variables.