Day 9 – Linear Equations 2

There are only a couple more items to cover relating to lines, so the notes for today will not be too long.  However, the material from Days 8 and 9 are absolutely essential, and will be showing up in (nearly) every future math class you take — this is a good opportunity to make sure you understand it thoroughly and get your questions answered.

Horizontal and vertical lines are particularly simple — so simple, in fact, that they can be a little confusing.  This video does a good job of explaining the graphs and equations of horizontal and vertical lines.

We saw last time how to write an equation for a line if we know the slope m and the y-intercept b (using the slope-intercept form, y=mx+b).  It is often the case that we do not know the y-intercept, but instead we know a different point on the line.  In this case, there is a shortcut that we can use to find the equation of the line — the point-slope form of a line, which is y-y1=m(x-x1) (m still represents the slope, and (x1, y1) is simply any point on the line).

This video gives some examples of writing equations of lines in point-slope form, and also talks about the similarities and differences between point-slope form and slope-intercept form.

3 Responses to Day 9 – Linear Equations 2

  1. Videos are helpful, keep posting them please.

  2. perez92 says:

    John
    Prof. Reitz
    i agree with Shakira videos help a lot.

  3. awiltshire says:

    Pro. Halleck

    Just watch the video, yeah it does help, after watching this video I understand it a bit more.

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