# What is the slope-intercept form of the line passing through # (5, 4) # and # (3, -2) #?

##### 1 Answer

Feb 24, 2016

y = 3x - 11

#### Explanation:

The slope-intercept form of a straight line is y = mx + c , where m represents the gradient (slope) and c, the y-intercept.

To find m , use the

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# m = (y_2 - y_1)/(x_2 - x_1) # where

# (x_1 , y_1 ) " and " (x_2 , y_2 ) " are 2 coord points "# let

#(x_1,y_1) = (5,4) " and " (x_2,y_2) = (3,-2)# hence :

# m = (-2 - 4)/(3 - 5 ) = (-6)/(-2) = 3 # equation is y = 3x + c and to find c , use one of the given points on the line , say (5 , 4 ).

ie 4 = 3(5) + c → c = 4 - 15 = -11

#rArr y = 3x - 11 " is the slope-intercept form "#