# Graphing Linear Functions

Graph a linear function: a step by step tutorial with examples and detailed solutions. Free graph paper is available.

 Linear Functions: Any function of the form f (x) = m x + b, where m is not equal to 0 is called a linear function. The domain of this function is the set of all real numbers. The range of f is the set of all real numbers. The graph of f is a line with slope m and y intercept b. Note: A function f (x) = b, where b is a constant real number is called a constant function. Its graph is a horizontal line at y = b. Example 1: Graph the linear function f given by f (x) = 2x + 4 Solution to Example 1 You need only two points to graph a linear function. These points may be chosen as the x and y intercepts of the graph for example. Determine the x intercept, set f(x) = 0 and solve for x. 2x + 4 = 0 x = -2 Determine the y intercept, set x = 0 to find f(0). f(0) = 4 The graph of the above function is a line passing through the points (-2 , 0) and (0 , 4) as shown below. Matched Problem : Graph the linear function f given by f (x) = x + 3 Example 2: Graph the linear function f given by f (x) = -(1 / 3)x - 1 / 2 Solution to Example 2 Determine the x intercept, set f(x) = 0 and solve for x. -(1 / 3)x - 1 / 2 = 0 x = - 3 / 2 Determine the y intercept, set x = 0 to find f(0). f(0) = -1 / 2 The graph of the above function is a line passing through the points (-3 / 2 , 0) and (0 , -1 / 2) as shown below. Matched Problem : Graph the linear function f given by f (x) = -x / 5 + 1 / 3 More references and links to graphing and graphs of functions. Graphing Functions Solver to Analyze and Graph a Linear Function

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