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The equation of a line describes the relationship between the - and -coordinates of the points on the line.   

  1. Plot the points , and and draw the line that passes through them. State the coordinates of two more points on the line. Then answer this question: What will be true of the coordinates of any other point on this line? Now write an equation that says exactly the same thing. (Do not worry if it is very simple! If it accurately describes all the points on this line, it is correct.)

  • Two more points are and .

  • Look closely at the -coordinate, but you should name two others.

All of the points will have as an -coordinate.

The equation is .

  1. Plot the points , and . What is the equation of the line that goes through these points?

  • Look closely at the -coordinate.

  1. Choose any three points on the -axis. What must be the equation of the line that goes through those points?

  • Remember that all points on the -axis have for their

The equation is .

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