## The Lesson

We can find the equation of a line. The equation will be a linear equation.

## How to Find the Equation of a Line

Finding the equation of a line is easy.

## Question

What is the equation of the line shown below? # 1

Find the y-intercept of the line. Find where the line crosses the y-axis. In our example, the y-intercept is 1.

# 2

Find the slope of the line. Slope = How far up ÷ How far across Slope = 4 ÷ 2 Slope = 2
In our example, the slope is 2.
Write the linear equation. The slope-intercept form of a linear equation looks like:
y = slope x + y-intercept

# 3

Write y = x with space before the x: # 4

Write the y-intercept from Step 1 (1) after the x. Note: The y-intercept is + 1 because it is 1 above the x-axis. It would be −1 if it was 1 below the x-axis.

# 5

Write the slope from Step 2 (2) before the x. The equation of the line is y = 2x + 1.

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## Slope-Intercept Form of the Equation of a Line

The slope-intercept form of an equation of a line is shown below: • m is the slope of the line.
• c is the y-intercept of the line.
Replace m and c with the slope and y-intercept of the line.