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Intro to linear equation standard form

The standard form for linear equations in two variables is Ax+By=C. For example, 2x+3y=5 is a linear equation in standard form. When an equation is given in this form, it's pretty easy to find both intercepts (x and y). This form is also very useful when solving systems of two linear equations.

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  • blobby green style avatar for user Nima
    I thought that in slope interecept form, the m&b can't be less than zero... so how are those numbers negative?
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  • starky tree style avatar for user Abdullah Usufzai
    What do "x" and "y" represent? For example, M is the slope, and B is the y-intercept.
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    • blobby green style avatar for user mikegonz1130
      Just to be a little more precise, x and y are variables that take real values (like 1/2, -6, 0, etc.). A "line" is just a shape that corresponds to a special relationship between x and y. In particular, a line is the set of points that follow a certain rule (that rule looks like y=mx+b or y-y1=m(x-x1) or ax=by=c, etc.). All those equations are describing a relationship between two variables and when plotted, happen to take the shape of a straight line!
      Given the equation of a line, we can immediately find the slope and y-intercept (assuming they're not undefined like in the case of a vertical line). There's not just one (x,y) corresponding to a line (that would just be a point!) so we let x and y vary to show the relationship those two variables have at a bunch of different values of x and y. Hope that helps and didn't confuse anyone more!
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  • female robot ada style avatar for user E
    What does C stand for? y intercept?
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    • piceratops ultimate style avatar for user SpiceyDiceyMathyBoi
      I know this is a 4 year old question, but I would like to answer for the sake of others wanting to know the answer as well.


      So when you convert the y-intercept(y=1/2x+10) equation to Standard form you have to get the y-intercept by itself, subtract 1/2x from both sides BUT, the A value (slope) is a positive INTEGER.
      -1/2x+y= 10 will become x-2y=-20.

      Hope you understand, and if you have a question, then feel free to ask... and remember, Math Is Unbreakable.
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  • hopper jumping style avatar for user Ty
    Isn't it easy to figure out the slope in standard form by using the coefficients of the y and x terms? Like dividing -9 by 16 in the example Sal uses.
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  • mr pants teal style avatar for user Umang R.
    At , why is 8 becoming a negative? Why isn't 4.5 a negative?
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    • old spice man green style avatar for user OlympicGem
      The reason 4.5 isn't a negative is because Sal had said " From 8 to 0 we would have to change x (8) to -8. So 8 - 8 = 0. Simple. Same for 0 to 4.5. 0 + 4.5 = 4.5.


      Hoped this helped, I am also trying to learn this by myself for the first time, so all the details might not be crystal clear for me and for you too.
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  • aqualine ultimate style avatar for user Casey_Teemer
    can anybody help me figure out how to find out whether an equation is linear?
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  • duskpin ultimate style avatar for user Alan Fu
    How do you convert it into standard form from only two points?
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    • stelly blue style avatar for user Kim Seidel
      There are lessons later that show how to create an equation. You would start by creating the equation using either point-slope form or slope-intercept form. Then, convert the equation to standard form.

      To find the lessons, use the search bar at the top of any KA screen and try searching for "creating linear equation from two points".
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  • blobby green style avatar for user Dwivedi Chirag
    how to write this in standard form: f(x)= 3x -x^3 + 4x^2
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    • orange juice squid orange style avatar for user Vic
      Well, the thing is, the video's purpose is to look at the standard form for linear equations - but this is a polynomial. Oh well.

      To put a polynomial into standard form is actually quite easy. Look at the exponents of x. There's 3x, -x^3, and 4x^2. Whichever has the largest exponent goes in the front (left side). The smallest exponent goes on the most right side. In this scenario:

      f(x) = -x^3 + 4x^2 + 3x

      As much as the negatives and the coefficients may seem like they matter, they don't.
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  • spunky sam blue style avatar for user celloben
    How would you go from standard form to point-slope form?
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    • ohnoes default style avatar for user Darth Vader
      Good question. It's actually hard (and not necessary in most cases) to go from standard form to point-slope form, because there is an infinite number of point-slope form equations for a linear function.
      First solve for y and turn the equation into slope-intercept form.(this is for the slope)
      Next, plug in a random number in for x-value as long as the x-value is in the domain of the function, and solve for y.(this is for a point that satisfies the equation)
      Now you have the slope and a point, write the equation in point-slope form. You will get a different point-slope form for each point you choose.
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  • aqualine sapling style avatar for user Anushka Thota
    When you estimate your line based of the x and y intercept, how do you know if it is accurate? Is it required to find the slope to know the accuracy of your estimation?
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    • leafers ultimate style avatar for user Ian Bendig
      If we are given the x and y intercepts, if we draw a straight line through them, then your line will be accurate. Imagine two points on a map. Using a ruler, there will be only one way to connect those two points on the map. Since we know there is only one way to connect those two points, the slope is not required to know the accuracy of your estimation. I hope this helps.
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Video transcript

- [Voiceover] We've already looked at several ways of writing linear equations. You could write it in slope-intercept form, where it would be of the form of Y is equal to MX plus B, where M and B are constants. M is the coefficient on this MX term right over here and M would represent the slope. And then from B you're able to figure out the y-intercept. The Y, you're able to figure out the y-intercept from this. Literally the graph that represents the XY pairs that satisfy this equation, it would intersect the y-axis at the point X equals zero, Y is equal to B. And it's slope would be M. We've already seen that multiple times. We've also seen that you can also express things in point-slope form. So let me make it clear. This is slope-intercept. Slope- intercept. And these are just different ways of writing the same equations. You can algebraically manipulate from one to the other. Another way is point-slope. Point-slope form. And in point-slope form, if you know that some, if you know that there's an equation where the line that represents the solutions of that equation has a slope M. Slope is equal to M. And if you know that X equals, X equals A, Y equals B, satisfies that equation, then in point-slope form you can express the equation as Y minus B is equal to M times X minus A. This is point-slope form and we do videos on that. But what I really want to get into in this video is another form. And it's a form that you might have already seen. And that is standard form. Standard. Standard form. And standard form takes the shape of AX plus BY is equal to C, where A, B, and C are integers. And what I want to do in this video, like we've done in the ones on point-slope and slope-intercept is get an appreciation for what is standard form good at and what is standard form less good at? So let's give a tangible example here. So let's say I have the linear equation, it's in standard form, 9X plus 16Y is equal to 72. And we wanted to graph this. So the thing that standard form is really good for is figuring out, not just the y-intercept, y-intercept is pretty good if you're using slope-intercept form, but we can find out the y-intercept pretty clearly from standard form and the x-intercept. The x-intercept isn't so easy to figure out from these other forms right over here. So how do we do that? Well to figure out the x and y-intercepts, let's just set up a little table here, X comma Y, and so the x-intercept is going to happen when Y is equal to zero. And the y-intercept is going to happen when X is equal to zero. So when Y is zero, what is X? So when Y is zero, 16 times zero is zero, that term disappears, and you're left with 9X is equal to 72. So if nine times X is 72, 72 divided by nine is eight. So X would be equal to eight. So once again, that was pretty easy to figure out. This term goes away and you just have to say hey, nine times X is 72, X would be eight. When Y is equal to zero, X is eight. So the point, let's see, Y is zero, X is one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight. That's this point, that right over here. This point right over here is the x-intercept. When we talk about x-intercepts we're referring to the point where the line actually intersects the x-axis. Now what about the y-intercept? Well, we said X equals zero, this disappears. And we're left with 16Y is equal to 72. And so we could solve, we could solve that. So we could say, alright 16Y is equal to 72. And then divide both sides by 16. We get Y is equal to 72 over 16. And let's see, what is that equal to? That is equal to, let's see, they're both divisible by eight, so that's nine over two. Or we could say it's 4.5. So when X is zero, Y is 4.5. And so, we could plot that point as well. X is zero, Y is one, two, three, 4.5. And just with these two points, two points are enough to graph a line, we can now graph it. So let's do that. So let me, oops, though I was using the tool that would draw a straight line. Let me see if I can... So the line will look something like that. There you have it. I've just graphed, I've just graphed, this is the line that represents all the X and Y pairs that satisfy the equation 9X plus 16Y is equal to 72. Now, I mentioned standard form's good at certain things and the good thing that standard form is, where it's maybe somewhat unique relative to the other forms we looked at, is it's very easy to figure out the x-intercept. It was very easy to figure out the x-intercept from standard form. And it wasn't too hard to figure out the y-intercept either. If we looked at slope-intercept form, the y-intercept just kinda jumps out at you. At point-slope form, neither the x nor the y-intercept kind of jump out at you. The place where slope-intercept or point-slope form are frankly better is that it's pretty easy to pick out the slope here, while in standard form you would have to do a little bit of work. You could use these two points, you could use the x and y-intercepts as two points and figure out the slope from there. So you can literally say, "Okay, if I'm going from "this point to this point, my change in X "to go from eight to zero is negative eight. "And to go from zero to 4.5," I wrote that little delta there unnecessarily. Let me. So when you go from eight to zero, your change in X is equal to negative eight. And to go from zero to 4.5, your change in Y is going to be 4.5. So your slope, once you've figured this out, you could say, "Okay, this is going to be "change in Y, 4.5, over change in X, "over negative 8." And since I, at least I don't like a decimal up here, let's multiply the numerator and the denominator by two. You get negative nine over 16. Now once again, we had to do a little bit of work here. We either use these two points, it didn't just jump immediately out of this, although you might see a little bit of a pattern of what's going on here. But you still have to think about is it negative? Is it positive? You have to do a little bit of algebraic manipulation. Or, what I typically do if I'm looking for the slope, I actually might put this into, into one of the other forms. Especially slope-intercept form. But standard form by itself, great for figuring out both the x and y-intercepts and it's frankly not that hard to convert it to slope-intercept form. Let's do that just to make it clear. So if you start with 9X, let me do that in yellow. If we start with 9X plus 16Y is equal to 72 and we want to put it in slope-intercept form, we can subtract 9X from both sides. You get 16Y is equal to negative 9X, plus 72. And then divide both sides by 16. So divide everthing by 16. And you'll be left with Y is equal to negative 9/16X, that's the slope, you see it right there, plus 72 over 16, we already figured out that's 9/2 or 4.5. So I could write, oh I'll just write that as 4.5. And this form over here, much easier to figure out the slope and, actually, the y-intercept jumps out at you. But the x-intercept isn't as obvious.