3. Maths Lines
I am going to start this tutorial now, but I probably will not have time to finish it. But here goes…
The equation of a line can be shown in 2 different forms. There is the General Equation and the Slope-Intercept form. They are:
General Equation: aX + bY = C
Slope-Intercept form: Y = mX + C
I find the slope intercept form best, as it tells you straight out where the formula crosses the y axis at X and the slope of the line is M.
Let us reuse this diagram:
Now first we will look at the slope:
The formula for a slope between 2 points is:
M = y2-y1
Simple enough. Now to find C, we use the equation Y = mX + C:
(y2) = M * (x2) + C
So we are substituting in one of the set of points, also adding in M which we solved before.
so you end up with:
—– – M = C
Now that we have both C and M we can determine that the formula is:
y = mX + C by adding in the numbers for C and M.
Now that we have our formula in the slope-intercept form, what about converting that to the General form?
Y = mX + C
— – X = C
I will add more onto this later, as it is a tad longer than the others. Stay tuned….
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