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# given two points find the equation

A. (0,1)(4,-1)

b. (0,3) (2,6)

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Parviz F. | Mathematics professor at Community CollegesMathematics professor at Community Colle...
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It should say points of a line.

( 0, 3 ) ( 2,6)

L:  Y = mx +b       ?equation of a line in general.

Line passes through 2 lines:

m = 6 - 3  =  3      b = 3 / Y-Intercept is given
2-0       2

Y= 3/2x + 3

Do the b yourself by following the same procedure.,

Vivian L. | Microsoft Word/Excel/Outlook, essay composition, math; I LOVE TO TEACHMicrosoft Word/Excel/Outlook, essay comp...
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Hi Mondrea;
b. (0,3) (2,6)
Let's first establish slope.  This is the change-of-y divided by change-of-x...
(y-y1)/(x-x1)
(3-6)/(0-2)
-3/-2
A negative number divided by a negative number has a positive result.
3/2
Point-slope formula is...
y-y1=m(x-x1)
We need to use one point.  I randomly select the first...
y-3=(3/2)(x-0)
y-3=(3/2)x
Let's add 3 to both sides...
y=(3/2)x+3
The formula is now in the format of...
y=mx+b
m is the slope.
b is the y-intercept, the value of y when x=0.
Let's plug-in the other point to verify.
y=(3/2)x+3
6=(3/2)(2)+3
6=(6/2)+3
6=3+3
6=6
It works!
John M. | Analytical assistance -- Writing, Math, and moreAnalytical assistance -- Writing, Math, ...
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Mondrea,

Given two points, you need to develop two equations using each set of points and solve for the unknown slope and intercept i.e. y = mx + b

So for problem A, the first set of points gives you this equation
1 = m(0) + b
and the second gives you this equation
-1 = m(4) + b

Solving the first gives b = 1, and substituting this into the second equation gives you
-1 = m(4) + 1
-2 = 4m
-2/4 = m or m = -(1/2)

So the equation for the line is y = -(1/2)x + 1

You can repeat this process for the points in problem b.  I hope this helps.  John