# Is x/2 - y = 7 a linear equation?

Jul 18, 2015

A linear equation is an equation for a straight line and can be written in the form of $y = m x + b$, where $m$ and $b$ are constants that determine the slope of the line and the intercept, respectively.
The equation $\frac{x}{2} - y = 7$ can be rewritten as $y = \frac{x}{2} - 7$ and thus fits this pattern. The slope of this straight line is $\frac{1}{2}$ and the constant term (y-intercept) is $- 7$.