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Equations in graphing?

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Hi Addie;
In class, did you cover
y=mx+b
?
 
m=slope=(y2-y1)/(x2-x1)
b=y-intercept.  This is the value of y when x=0.  It is the position in which the line crosses the y-axis.
 
The question was...
Given the graph of an equations, where would you look on the graph to find the solutions to the equation that goes with the graph?
 
The answer I would suggest is...
I would look at the position on the y-axis when x=0.  This is the y-intercept, also known as b in the equation known as y=mx+b.  The m in such equation is the slope.  This is the difference between any two coordinates.  It is the value of each y-coordinate, subtracted from each other.  Such subtracted result is divided by the corresponding two x-coordinates, also subtracted from each other.