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 June 15th, 2010, 09:44 AM #1 Newbie   Joined: Jun 2010 Posts: 24 Thanks: 0 quick q given 2x+3y=12, what is the slope, y intercept, and what would the graph look like is the slope??? m= -3 y int: b= 6 any help? thanks June 15th, 2010, 10:15 AM #2 Global Moderator   Joined: Nov 2009 From: Northwest Arkansas Posts: 2,766 Thanks: 4 Re: quick q The slope and y intercept are most easily identified when the equation is in "slope intercept form" y=mx + b June 15th, 2010, 10:25 AM   #3
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 Originally Posted by bignick79 given 2x+3y=12, what is the slope, y intercept, and what would the graph look like is the slope??? m= -3 y int: b= 6 any help? thanks
Remeber, if you can get a linear equation like this one into the following form:

Then you know the y-intercept and the slope.

So, we have the equation:

Subtracting 2x from both sides gives:

Then dividing both sides (meaning the whole of both sides) by 3 gives:

this becomes, by basic rules of fractions, the following:

This is in the form:

So,

and

This graph would look like a line, slanted from top left to bottom right, intersecting the y-axis at four. Basically draw a point at (0, 4) and move down two [-2 in the slope, m] and to the right 3 [+3 in the slope, m] to find your next point. Continue this to get a picture of the graph, in both directions. Hope this helps, anymore questions post them here and I'll try to clarify. June 15th, 2010, 10:41 AM   #4
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This line has a y-intercept at

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