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Rewrite the function y=3px in y=mx+b form

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Susannah,
 
Yes, the function is linear.  How can you tell?  It's because the term with x in it is just x.  If it had a term with x2 or x3, it would curve instead of being a straight line (linear).
 
The equation is actually already in slope intercept form!
Besides the unknown variables x and y, there are two constants in y-mx+b, the m, which is the slope of the line, and the b, which is just a constant by itself.  In this problem, m is the 3p, and b is just zero.  To make it look more like mx+b, you could write it like this:
 
y = (3p)x + 0
 
The parentheses and the "+0" aren't necessary.  The p is included to show you that there can be other stuff in a linear equation besides x, y, m and b.  If you needed to work with this equation, the problem would have to tell you what value p has.  It will just be some number.  For example, a problem could ask you to graph the equation for p=2, then do it again for p=3, etc.
 
For example, if p=3, you would have this equation:
 
y = 2px
y = 2*3*x
y = 6x
 
I hope this helps.