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EXAMPLE 1 Write an equation of a line from a graph Write an equation of the line in slope- intercept form. SOLUTION STEP 1 Find the slope. Choose two points on the graph of the line, (0, 4) and (3, –2). m 4 – (– 2) 0 – 3 = 6 – 3 = = – 2 STEP 2 Find the y-intercept. The line intersects the y-axis at the point (0, 4), so the y-intercept is 4.

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**Write an equation of a line from a graph**

EXAMPLE 1 Write an equation of a line from a graph STEP 3 Write the equation. mx + b y = Use slope-intercept form. y = –2x + 4 Substitute – 2 for m and 4 for b.

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EXAMPLE 2 Write an equation of a parallel line Write an equation of the line passing through the point (– 1, 1) that is parallel to the line with the equation y = 2x – 3. SOLUTION STEP 1 Find the slope m. The slope of a line parallel to y = 2x –3 is the same as the given line, so the slope is 2. STEP 2 Find the y-intercept b by using m = 2 and (x, y) = (– 1, 1).

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**Write an equation of a parallel line**

EXAMPLE 2 Write an equation of a parallel line y mx + b = Use slope-intercept form. 1 = 2 (–1 ) + b Substitute for x, y, and m. 3 = b Solve for b. Because m = 2 and b = 3, an equation of the line is y = 2x + 3.

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**Write an equation of a perpendicular line**

EXAMPLE 3 Write an equation of a perpendicular line Write an equation of the line j passing through the point (2, 3) that is perpendicular to the line k with the equation y = – 2x + 2. SOLUTION STEP 1 Find the slope m of line j. Line k has a slope of – 2. – 2 m = – 1 The product of the slopes of lines is – 1. 1 2 m = Divide each side by – 2.

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**Write an equation of a perpendicular line**

EXAMPLE 3 Write an equation of a perpendicular line 1 2 STEP 2 Find the y-intercept b by using m = and (x, y) = (2, 3). mx + b y = Use slope-intercept form. 3 = 1 2 ( 2 ) + b Substitute for x, y, and m. 2 = b Solve for b.

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EXAMPLE 3 Write an equation of a perpendicular line Because m = and b = 2, an equation 1 2 of line j is y = x + 2. You can check that the lines j and k are perpendicular by graphing, then using a protractor to measure one of the angles formed by the lines.

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GUIDED PRACTICE for Examples 1, 2 and 3 Write an equation of the line in the graph at the right. y = – 1 2 3 x ANSWER Write an equation of the line that passes through (– 2, 5) and (1, 2). ANSWER y = –x + 3

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GUIDED PRACTICE for Examples 1, 2 and 3 Write an equation of the line that passes through the point (1, 5) and is parallel to the line with the equation y = 3x – 5. Graph the lines to check that they are parallel. ANSWER y = 3x + 2

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GUIDED PRACTICE for Examples 1, 2 and 3 How do you know the lines x = 4 and y = 2 are perpendicular? x = 4 is a vertical line while y = 2 is a horizontal line. SAMPLE ANSWER

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