# Is #y=x^2+3# a linear function?

##### 1 Answer

Nov 6, 2016

There is a term in

It is a parabola.

#### Explanation:

The word 'linear' means 'in a straight line'

The equation of a straight line has the general form

- the variables do not have powers more than 1,
- variables do not occur in the denominator of a fraction.
- different variables do not appear in the same term

In this case, there is a term in

It is a parabola.