Investigation Slope Intercept Form:

```Investigation Slope Intercept Form: 𝒚 = 𝒎𝒙 + 𝒃
You will be using an online graphing calculator to explore the graph of an equation in the form 𝑦 =
𝑚𝑥 + 𝑏. Please go to the following website and then click the link for the Free Online Graphing
Calculator.
http://www.rentcalculators.org/stheli.html
Part 1
In Y1 type the equation 𝑦 = 𝑥 + 1 (you don’t need the y = )
In Y2 type the equation 𝑦 = 2𝑥 + 1 (you don’t need the y = )
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In Y3 type the equation 𝑦 = (2) 𝑥 + 1 (you don’t need the y = )
Now hit the red GRAPH button and your graphs will appear and they are color coded!!!
Use these graphs to answer the following questions:
1. Which graph is closest to the y-axis? ______________________
2. Which graph is closest to the x-axis? ______________________
3. What is different in each of the three equations? _______________________________________
4. Explain how changing the m affects the graph of an equation in the form 𝑦 = 𝑚𝑥 + 𝑏.
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5. Use what you learned in #1-4 to match each equation with the best choice for its graph.
Part 2
6. Graph these equations on the same screen.
𝑦 = 2𝑥 + 1
𝑦 = −2𝑥 + 1
Explain how the sign of m affects the graph of an equation. _________________________________
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7. Graph these equations on the same screen.
𝑦 = 2𝑥 + 1
𝑦 = 2𝑥 − 2
𝑦 = 2𝑥 + 2
Where does the graph of each equation cross the y-axis? __________________________________
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8. Match each equation with the best choice for its graph.
9. Use all the graphs we have used to answer the following question.
Explain how changing the value of b affects the graph of an equation in the form 𝑦 = 𝑚𝑥 + 𝑏.
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10. You can change the appearance of a graph by changing its scale in SETTINGS tab. Describe
how the graph of 𝑦 = 2𝑥 + 1 changes from its appearance on a standard screen using the following
values for Xmin, Xmax, Ymin and Ymax.
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