Graphing Linear Equations
Graphing Linear Equations is one of the most crucial concepts of algebra. A linear equation is an equation of degree one, which means that the exponents of variables in a linear equation can only be 1, not greater than 1 in any of the cases. Linear equations can be in one as well as two variables. Solving a linear equation is to find the value of variables contained in it and the graphical method is one of the methods to solve linear equations, either one or two variables linear equations.
1.  What Is Graphing Linear Equations? 
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3.  Solved Examples on Graphing Linear Equations 
4.  Practice Questions on Graphing Linear Equations 
5.  FAQs on Graphing Linear Equations 
What Is Graphing Linear Equations?
Linear equations are algebraic equations in which each term has a real constant and the equation contains 2 variables of the highest power 1. We represent the linear equation in y=mx+b form, also known as the yintercept form. The representation of a linear equation on a graph is called graphing linear equations. Let us see an example of graphing a linear equation. We have to represent the equation x+2y=7 in a graph.
Here, the equation x+2y=7 makes a straight line on the graph. Similarly, all linear equations create a straight line on the graph.
Note:
 The point where any line crosses the xaxis on the graph  Xintercept
 The point where any line crosses the yaxis on the graph  YIntercept
Graphing Linear Equations
Graphing a linear equation is about solving the linear equations and the solution of the linear equation can be represented in a coordinate plane. Following steps are to be taken up:
 Make sure the linear equation is in yintercept form, which is y = mx + b.
 Apply the trial and error method and find the value of (x, y) up to three pairs, which satisfy the linear equation.
 Find the xintercept and yintercept of the equation. For yintercept, substitute the value of x = 0 in the equation. This results in x = a, for xintercept, substitute the value of y = 0 in the equation. This results in y = c.
 Thus, the points are (a, 0) and (0, c). Make a tabular form and put the value of x and y respectively.
 Plot all the points on the graph paper.
 Join all the points which are marked on the graph and you will get a straight line representing the given linear equation graphically.
Example: Draw a graph of the linear equation x+2y=7.
Solution:
We will follow the following steps:
 Step 1: Check if the given linear equation x+2y=7 is of the form of y = mx + b. [On converting, we get: y =  (1/2) x + 7/2]
 Step 2: Find the x and yintercept respectively. For that, put y = 0 in the equation: x = 72(0), x=7. Now, put x=0 in the equation. 2y=7(0), y=7/2 = 3.5
 Step 3: Apply the trial and error method and find 3 pairs of values of (x, y) that satisfy the given linear equation x=72y. (See table below)
 Step 4: Plot the points (7,0), (5,1), and (3,2) on the graph.
 Step 5: Join all the points which are marked on the graph paper and get a straight line that represents the given linear equation graphically.
See the values of x and y in the following table:
x  7  5  3 

y  0  1  2 
Important Points
 Linear equation in two variables has infinitely many solutions.
 The graph of linear equation is always a straight line.
 The equation y = mx is always passing through the origin (0, 0).
Challenging Questions
 The sum of the digits of a twodigit number is 8. When the digits are reversed, the number is increased by 18. Find the number.
 Jake's piggy bank has 11 coins (only quarters or dimes) that have a value of $1.85. How many dimes and quarters does the piggy bank have?
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Solved Examples on Graphing Linear Equations

Example 1: Isabella has the linear equation x  2y = 2. Help her to draw the linear equation on the graph.
Solution:
The given linear equation is x2y=2. Convert the equation in the form of y = mx + b⇒ y= x/2  1. We need to find the x and yintercept respectively. For that, put y=0 in the equation⇒ x=2(0)+2, x=2. Now, put x=0 in the equation. 2y=(0)  2, y=1. Now, we will apply the trial and error method, and find 3 pairs of values of (x, y) that satisfy the given linear equation y=x/21. See the values of x and y in the following table:
x 2 4 0 y 0 1 1 Plot the points (2,0),(4,1),(0,1) on the graph. Join all the points which are marked on the graph paper and get a straight line that represents the given linear equation graphically.

Example 2: William wants to plot the graph of 1/2x+1/3y=1. Help him to plot the graph for linear equations.
Solution:
The given linear equation is 1/2x+1/3y=1. Convert the equation in the form of y = mx + b⇒ 6 + 6x/2. We need to find the x and yintercept respectively. For that, we can apply the hit and trial method, put y=6 in the equation⇒ x=3. Now, put x=2 in the equation. y=3. See the values of x and y in the following table:
x 2 0 y 6 3 Solutions (2,6) (0,3)
FAQs on Graphing Linear Equations
How Do you Graph a Linear Equation?
The basic methods of the graphing linear equation:
 The first method is by plotting all points on the graph and then drawing a line through the points.
 The second is by using the yintercept of the equation and slope of the equation.
What Are the 3 Ways to Graph a Linear Equation?
The 3 ways to graph a linear equation:
 Using two points to plot the graph of a linear equation.
 Use the slope and yintercept of a linear equation.
 Using the x and yintercepts of a linear equation.
How Do you Graph a Linear Equation with Two Points?
Graphing linear equation with two points:
 Find the yintercept from the linear equation and plot the point.
 From the yintercept of the linear equation, use the slope to find the second point and plot it on the graph.
 Draw a straight line to connect the two points on the graph.
What Is the Formula For a Linear Equation?
The formula for a linear equation is y = mx + b.
How Do you Graph a Linear Equation Using Intercepts?
To find intercepts algebraically, we use the fact that all xintercepts have y=0 and all yintercepts have x=0.
Determine the corresponding values of x and y by putting the values of xintercepts and yintercepts respectively.
What Is the Minimum Number of Points Needed to Graph a Linear Equation?
Two points are the minimum number of points needed to graph a linear equation
How Do you Find the YIntercept of a Graph?
The yintercept of a graph is the point at which the graph crosses the yaxis and at y point, the xcoordinate is zero.
How Do you Find the Intercepts of a Graph?
First of all, an equation must satisfy ax+by=c. Then you just set x = 0 to find the yintercept and set y = 0 to find the xintercept. Then find the corresponding values.