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## Algebra 1

### Course: Algebra 1>Unit 5

Lesson 1: Intro to slope-intercept form

# Worked examples: slope-intercept intro

Worked examples practicing the relationship between slope, y-intercept, and linear equation in slope-intercept form.

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• is slope x?
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• I learned that the slope is the change in y over the change in x, like: y/x. Hope this helps.
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• How exactly do you know how a slope as a fraction is a positive or negative?
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• You would know if the slope is negative if the (-) is placed before your fraction. Visually graphing, it would look like a downhill slope.
Likewise, when the fraction is positive, graphically speaking it'll look like it is going on a forever uphill slope.

Negative: Going left to right --> down
Positive: Going left to right --> up
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• what is life meant to be?
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• Life... sigh
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• wow, this information seems extremely repetitive and redundant. I understand the importance of driving a point but I could've swore we went over this on 4 different lessons.
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• yes exactly
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• i learnt the equation as y=mx=c does it make a difference?
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• Just note that it is not always the same value as the C in standard form, Ax + By = C
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• if y=4 and b=4 that means that y=b?
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• If y=4, that means that the slope is 0 and b=4, so it is not the fact that they are both equal to 4, it is that the first one leads to the second one. This is a horizontal line through y=4.
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• What exactly is Slope-Intercept form?
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• Slope-intercept form is a way of writing a linear equation. The slope-intercept form is written as y = m*x + b where m is the slope of the line and b is the y-value where the line intersects the y-axis.
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• nooooooooooooi can't understand is slope x or y
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• Slope by definition is: (change in Y) / (change in X). Sometimes, it is described as "rise / run" to remember that Y is on top and X is on the bottom.
Hope this helps.
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• How do you find the slope of the equation using slope intercept form when it doesn't actually show the slope in the equation? (f.e. y = -x + 7 )
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• @jieboi

Awesome Question! Slope-intercept form is y = mx + b, where m is the slope, and b is the y-intercept. If you have both of these, just plug them in. If you don't have the slope, find the slope first. If you don't have the intercept, but do have a point, substitute the x, y, and m into the equation and solve for b.

Hope this helps.
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• Is this course for high school students or college students
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• This is taught in algebra 1, which is usually taught in high school. In college, it is quite common to review key concepts, so it may be taught as there as review material
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## Video transcript

- [Sal] Let's do some practice examples from our intro to slope y intercept exercise. What is the slope of y is equal to negative four x minus three? So you might already recognize, this is in slope intercept form. Just as a reminder, slope intercept form is y is equal to mx plus b, where the coefficient on this x term right over here, that is our slope, and then this constant right over here, that is going to give you your y intercept. So if they're saying, what is the slope here? Well I just need to figure out, what is the coefficient on this x term? And you can see that the coefficient here is a negative four. So that is going to be our m, that is going to be our slope. Now just as a reminder, you have to make sure that it's solved in this way, that is is solved for y, y is equal to something times x minus three, so that's our slope. Let's do another one of these. So we're asked, what is the y intercept of y is equal to negative three x minus two? So once again we already have it in slope intercept form. It's already been solved for y. It's of the form y is equal to mx plus b, where m, our slope, is given right over here, negative three. But they're not asking for our slope, they're asking for the y intercept. Well the y intercept is given by b here, so b is negative two. Pay close attention to the sign here. So b is equal to negative two. But when I look at these choices, I don't see a b is equal to negative two, so what are they talking about? Well a y intercept is, what is the y value when x is equal to zero? And you could see that here, if x was equal to zero then that term goes away and y is equal to b. So if you want to know the point where the graph described by this equation intercepts the y axis, well it's going to be what is y when x is equal to zero? Well when x is equal to zero, y is equal to negative two. And you could see that in our original equation, again. If x were zero, this term would go away, and y would be equal to negative two. So zero, comma, negative two. So it would be that choice right over there. On Khan Academy obviously you just have to click on that, you don't have to shade it in. Let's do one more. Complete the equation of the line whose slope is five, and y intercept is zero, comma, four. So once again the general form is y is equal to our slope times x, if I want to put it in slope intercept form, plus our y intercept. Well they're telling us, our slope is five. Whose slope is five. So we know that m is going to be five. And they tell us that the y intercept is zero, four. So the y intercept, b, that is the value of y when x is equal to zero. So the value of y when x equals zero is this four right over here. So that is going to be four. So I could say y is equal to five times x plus four. And when you're actually entering it on Khan Academy, you would just type it in, or if you're using the app you would use it with your finger. And I always make the mistake of writing y equals, and I type in y equals five x plus four. Notice they already gave you the y equals right over there. That's all you have to do, recognize the slope, the y intercept, and then remember what the slope intercept form actually is.