Intermediate Algebra for College Students (7th Edition)

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ISBN 10: 0-13417-894-7
ISBN 13: 978-0-13417-894-3

Chapter 2 - Section 2.5 - The Point-Slope Form of the Equation of a Line - Exercise Set - Page 163: 18


$ y-0=\displaystyle \frac{1}{2}(x-2) \qquad$ ... point-slope form $y=\displaystyle \frac{1}{2}x-1 \qquad$ ... slope-intercept form $f(x)=\displaystyle \frac{1}{2}x-1 \qquad$ ... function notation

Work Step by Step

$(x_{1},y_{1})=(2,0) \; (x_{2},y_{2})=(0,-1)$ $m=\displaystyle \frac{y_{2}-y_{1}}{x_{2}-x_{1}}=\frac{-1-0}{0-2}=\frac{-1}{-2}=\frac{1}{2}$. So with $m=\displaystyle \frac{1}{2}$ and $(x_{1},y_{1})=(2,0)$, we write the point-slope form $y-y_{1}=m(x-x_{1})$ $ y-0=\displaystyle \frac{1}{2}(x-2) \qquad$ ... point-slope form Simplify to slope-intercept form, $ y=mx+b$ ... distribute $ y=\displaystyle \frac{1}{2}x-1 \qquad$ ... is the slope-intercept form For function notation, replace $y$ with $f(x)$.
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