The Slope of the Line y=mx+b
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After this lesson, you will be able to graph linear equations in slopeintercept form.
The lesson begins by teaching you how to write a linear equation in slopeintercept form. It leads you to learn how to identify the slope and the yintercept from the equation. It concludes with showing you how to graph the equation by using the slope and yintercept.
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This video includes key concepts, notation, and vocabulary such as slope (the ratio of the change in vertical movement, or the change in x over the change in y); yintercept (the value of y when the value of x is equal to zero); and slopeintercept form (y=mx+b, where m is the slope and b is the yintercept).
Before watching this video, you should already be familiar with linear equations, properties of equality, and solving equations by isolating a variable.
After watching this video, you will be prepared to solve real world problems that involve constant rates, which can be considered as the slope of a line when the problem is represented by an equation.
Common Core Standard(s) in focus: 8.EE.B.5 & 8.EE.B.6 A video intended for math students in the 8th grade Recommended for students who are 13  14 years old
Transcript The Slope of the Line y=mx+b
There's trouble on the set of FISTS OF DANGER, the new, bigbudget action movie from Furious Films. The movie is missing something...but what? According to the latest research, adding scenes with adorable animals to any movie will increase ticket sales! This may sound like a weird idea for an action film but with some cute animals and the slope of the line y = mx + b, we could save this movie yet! Studies show that for each second of baby koala footage featured in a film, ticket sales go up.
This linear relationship is expressed in the following equation: 3y equals 500x where 'x' represents seconds of koala footage and 'y' is the number of tickets sold. To better understand this equation, let’s rewrite it using slopeintercept form, or 'y equals mx + b'. Using this form, it will be easier for us to understand how 'x' and 'y' change in relation to each other. To get our equation in this form, all we have to do is isolate the variable, 'y'. To get 'y' by itself, we can divide both sides of the equation by 3, thanks to the division property of equality. Great! Now our equation is in slopeintercept form, so we can easily identify the slope, 'm', which will always be the coefficient of 'x'. Here, the slope 'm' equals 500 over 3, or 500 thirds. Remember that slope represents the change in 'y' over the change in 'x'.So that means, for every 3 seconds of footage of baby koalas, we sell 500 more tickets.
Wait, what about the 'b' in our 'y equals mx + b'? The 'b' term tells us the yintercept, or the value of 'y' when 'x' equals zero. It may not look like it, but our equation actually DOES have a 'b' term. Here, 'b' is just zero. So that means when 'x' is 0, 'y' is also 0, so the graph of this line passes through the origin at (0, 0). To sketch this graph, start with a known point on the line, like (0, 0). Then go up and over according to your slope. Up for change in 'y', over for change in 'x'. Since our slope is 500 over 3, we go up 500 and over 3. Now draw a straight line through the points! Whoa, we've got to get some more baby koalas in on this project!
What other animals can we get on board? Research also shows that having a miniature teacup pig on screen can boost ticket sales. This can be represented by using the equation, 120x minus 4y equals 20 where 'x' represents seconds of pig footage and 'y' is the number of tickets sold. Let's transform this equation into 'y equals mx + b' so we can figure out how the teacup pigs are going to affect ticket sales. To get 'y' alone, subtract 120x from both sides and divide every term in the equation by negative 4, to cancel out the coefficient of 'y'. Finally, we can rearrange the terms on the right side of the equation so it matches the more familiar form of 'y equals mx plus b' that we recognize. Now we can easily identify the slope, 'm', as the coefficient of 'x'. The slope tells us that for every second of teacup pig footage, we sell 30 more tickets. We can also easily identify 'b', or the yintercept, at (0, 5). To sketch this graph, let's start with the point we just found. Now use what we know about the slope and go up 30, to the right 1, and draw a line through these points. Those pigs have got a future in Hollywood!
But not all animals are so good for the movies. The notorious honey badger has a crippling effect on ticket sales. Let’s take a look at this formula. 3x plus 5y equals 10 where 'x' represents seconds of honey badger footage and 'y' is the number of tickets sold. Let’s isolate the variable, 'y'. Start by subtracting 3x from both sides and divide all the terms in the equation by 5. Much better! The slope in this equation is negative 3 over 5. This means for every 5 seconds of honey badger screen time, the movie actually sells 3 fewer tickets. We can also easily identify the yintercept, or 'b', at (0, 2). So how do we graph this line? Start with a point you know, like the yintercept at (0, 2). Because the slope is negative, we then go down 3, to the right 5. Now we draw a line through these points man those badgers are really dragging sales down!
To review: We can write linear equations using the form 'y = mx + b'. This is known as SlopeIntercept Form. In this form, 'm' represents the slope the line, or change in 'y' over change in 'x' and 'b' is the yintercept, or where the line crosses the yaxis.
Using the market research, the studio executives have gone ahead and reshot their film using a new title... …TROUBLE CUTIES?´Man, Hollywood really has changed these cute little guys...
The Slope of the Line y=mx+b exercise

Recall how to write equations in slopeintercept form.
HintsIsolate the variable $y$ to put the linear relationship into slopeintercept form.
Subtract the $x$ term from both sides of the equation.
Divide every term by the coefficient of $y$ to cancel it out.
SolutionAll linear relationships can be written in slopeintercept form, $y=mx+b$, by isolating the variable $y$.
1. For the koala example, the linear relationship is $3y=500x$.
 Divide both sides by $3$.
 $y=\frac{500}{3}x$
 Subtract $120x$ from both sides of the equation.
 $4y=20120x$
 Divide all terms by $4$.
 $y=5+30x$.
 Rearrange the terms on the right.
 $y=30x5$
 Subtract $3x$ from both sides of the equation.
 $5y=103x$.
 Divide all terms by 5.
 $y=2\frac{3}{5}x$
 Rearrange the terms on the right.
 $y=\frac{3}{5}x+2$

Identify the slope and the $y$intercept of each equation.
HintsSlopeintercept form is $y=mx+b$.
The slope is $m$ and the $y$intercept is $b$.
To get $y$ alone, subtract the $x$ term if necessary, then divide each term by the coefficient of $y$.
SolutionSlopeintercept form is $y=mx+b$ where $m$ is the slope and $b$ is the $y$intercept. To find $m$ and $b$, put all of the equations in slopeintercept form $y=mx+b$.
 $y=2x+1$ is in slopeintercept form. Therefore, the slope is $2$ and the $y$intercept is $1$.
 $y=\frac{8}{5}x$ is in slopeintercept form. Therefore, the slope is $\frac{8}{5}$ and the $y$intercept is $0$ since there is no $b$ in the equation.
 $y=\frac{1}{2}x3$ is in slopeintercept form. Therefore the slope is $\frac{1}{2}$ and the $y$intercept is 3.
 $4x+y=1$ is not in slopeintercept form. Subtracting $4x$ from both sides of the equation yields $y=14x$. Then, rearrange the terms on the right so the equation is $y=4x+1$. Now it looks like $y=mx+b$ which means the slope is $4$ and the $y$intercept is $1$.
 $2y=3x6$ is not in slopeintercept form. To get $y$ alone, divide every term by $2$: $y=\frac{3}{2}+3$. The equation is now in the form $y=mx+b$ which means the slope is $\frac{3}{2}$ and the $y$intercept is $3$.

Match the equations with their slopeintercept form.
HintsIsolate the variable $y$ by subtracting the $x$ term from both sides.
Rearrange the terms or flip the equation to make it look like $y=mx+b$.
Divide every term by the coefficient of $y$.
Solution1. $2y+3x=8$
 Subtract $3x$ from both sides
 $2y=83x$
 Divide every term by $2$
 $y=4+\frac{3}{2}x$
 Rearrange the terms to look like $y=mx+b$
 $y=\frac{3}{2}x4$
 Subtract $12x$ from both sides
 $3y=612x$
 Divide every term by $3$
 $y=24x$
 Rearrange the terms on the right
 $y=4x+2$
 Multiply both sides by $3$
 $y=6x$
 Divide every term by 5
 $y=4x+6$
 Flip the equation
 $3y=9x+8$
 Divide every term by $3$
 $y=3x+\frac{8}{3}$
 Flip the equation
 $6y=4x$
 Divide both sides by $6$ and simplify
 $y=\frac{2}{3}$

Graph the equation $y3x+4=0$.
HintsThe graph of a line is $y=mx+b$, where $m$ is the slope and $b$ is the $y$intercept.
To graph the $y$intercept, plug $x=0$ into the equation.
The slope, $m$, is the change in $y$ divided by the change in $x$.
SolutionThe line $y3x+4=0$ can be rewritten in slopeintercept form by solving for $y$.
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To solve for $y$:
1. Add $3x$ to both sides: $y+4=3x$.
2. Subtract $4$ from both sides: $y=3x4$.
3. Divide both sides by $1$: $y=3x+4$.
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To identify the slope and $y$intercept:
 The slope is $m=3$.
 The $y$intercept is $b=4$.
To identify the point at $x=1$:
 Start at the $y$intercept, $(0,4)$.
 As the slope is $m=3$, if we subtract $3$ from the $y$coordinate and add $1$ to the $x$coordinate of a point on our line, we get another point on our line.
 Doing this with our $y$intercept, we get $(0+1,43)=(1,1)$, which is the point on our line at $x=1$.
 Use the slope $m=3$ to find the point at $x=1$.
To graph:
1. Plot the $y$intercept $(0,4)$.
2. Plot the point $(1,1)$.
3. Draw a line connecting these two points.

Determine if the equation is written in slopeintercept form or not.
HintsSlopeintercept form is $y=mx+b$.
Slopeintercept form can also look like $y=b+mx$, $mx+b=y$ or $b+mx=y$.
If there is no $y$intercept $b$, slopeintercept form will look like $y=mx$.
SolutionSlopeintercept form is $y=mx+b$. However, the terms can be rearranged and still be in slopeintercept form. The following equations are $4$ different ways to represent slopeintercept form.
 $y=mx+b$: the original slopeintercept form
 $y=b+mx$: the terms on the right side are switched
 $mx+b=y$: the equation is flipped so that y is on the right
 $b+mx=y$: the equation is flipped with y on the right, and the $mx$ and $b$ terms are switched
The following equations are in slopeintercept form because they match one of the equations listed above.
 $y=5x3$
 $y=4+2x$
 $y=\frac{2}{5}x$
 $y=4x$
 $13x=y$
 $x+1=y$
 $x=\frac{1}{2}y+1$
 $\frac{3}{2}x+y=2$
 $2y=x+1$
 $x=\frac{1}{2}y+1$
 $y=2x3$
 $7y=2x$

Determine the line.
HintsSlopeintercept form is $y=mx+b$, where $m$ is the slope and $b$ is the $y$intercept.
If $x=0$ in the point $(x,y)$, then the $y$coordinate is the $y$intercept $b$.
If $x\neq 0$ in the point $(x,y)$, substitute the slope $m$ and the point $(x,y)$ into $y=mx+b$, and solve for $b$.
SolutionSlopeintercept form, $y=mx+b$, consists of a point $(x,y)$, a slope $m$, and a $y$intercept $b$. Given a point and a slope you can uniquely determine a line.
1. $(0,4)$, $m=\frac{1}{2}$
 Since $x=0$, we know that the $y$intercept is $4$, $b=4$
 Now we can substitute $m$ and $b$ into $y=mx+b$
 $y=\frac{1}{2}x4$
 Since $x=0$, we know that the $y$intercept is $\frac{35}{2}$, $b=\frac{35}{2}$
 Now we can substitute $m$ and $b$ into $y=mx+b$
 $y=\frac{3}{5}x+\frac{35}{2}$
 Since $x\neq 0$, we substitute the values of $x$, $y$, and $m$ into $y=mx+b$, to solve for $b$.
 $2=2(1)+b$
 $2=2+b$
 $0=b$
 Now that we know $b=0$, we can substitute $b$ and $m$ into $y=mx+b$
 $y=2x+0$
 $y=2x$
 Since $x\neq 0$, we substitute the values of $x$, $y$, and $m$ into $y=mx+b$, to solve for $b$.
 $3=2(1)+b$
 $3=2+b$
 $5=b$
 Now that we know $b=5$, we can substitute $b$ and $m$ into $y=mx+b$
 $y=2x5$
 Since $x=0$, we know that the $y$intercept is $6$, $b=6$
 Now we can substitute $m$ and $b$ into $y=mx+b$
 $y=\frac{17}{3}x6$
 Since $x\neq 0$, we substitute the values of $x$, $y$, and $m$ into $y=mx+b$, to solve for $b$.
 $4=6(4)+b$
 $4=24+b$
 $20=b$
 Now that we know $b=20$, we can substitute $b$ and $m$ into $y=mx+b$
 $y=6x20$
 Since $x\neq 0$, we substitute the values of $x$, $y$, and $m$ into $y=mx+b$, to solve for $b$.
 $3=\frac{1}{4}(4)+b$
 $3= 1+b$
 $4=b$
 Now that we know $b=4$, we can substitute $b$ and $m$ into $y=mx+b$
 $y=\frac{1}{4}x+4$
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