Precalculus (6th Edition)

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ISBN 10: 013421742X
ISBN 13: 978-0-13421-742-0

Chapter 2 - Graphs and Functions - 2.5 Equations of Lines and Linear Models - 2.5 Exercises - Page 244: 50


(a) slope =$20$. y-intercept: $(0, -50)$ x-intercept: $(2.5, 0)$ (b) $y=20x-50$

Work Step by Step

RECALL: (1) The slope is the ratio rise (change in y) over run (change in x). (2) The x-intercept is the point where the graph touches/crosses the x-axis. (3) The y-intercept is the point where the graph touches/crosses the y-axis. (4) The slope-intercept form of a line's equation is $y=mx+b$ where $m$=slope and $(0, b)$ is the line's y-intercept. (a) From the point $(0, -50)$ to the point $(5, 50)$, the change in $y$ is $100$ while the change in $x$ is $5$. Thus, the slope is $\frac{100}{5}=20$. The graph crosses the y-axis at the y-intercept $(0, -50)$. With a slope of $20$, from $(0, -50)$, a increase of $2.5$ units in the value of $x$ gives a $50$ unit increase in $y$, leading to the x-intercept $(2.5, 0)$. (b) With a slope of $20$ and a y-intercept of $(0, -50)$, then the equation of the line is $y=20x-50$.
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