# The Straight Line

A straight line is the shortest distance between
two points. The Gradient of a line is a measure of its slope relative to the x axis.

A positive gradient goes upwards, from left to right. A negative gradient goes downwards, from left to right.     The gradient is found by dividing the vertical distance by
the horizontal distance.   Examples          ## Drawing A line from its equation

To draw a line from its equation

• Draw a table with the letters x and y.
• Pick numbers for x and put them in the table.
• To calculate y, take a value for x and substitute into the given equation.
• Plot the points (x,y)

Example This gives the points

(0,0) , (1,2) , (2,4), (3,6) and (4,8)

Plotting these points and joining with a straight lines gives Extrapolating the table backwards  The line y = x has values and graph Harder lines

• Draw a table with the letters x and y.
• Pick numbers for x and put them in the table.
• To calculate y, take a value for x and multiply it by the number in front of it in the given equation. Now add or subtract the whole number in the given equation.
• Fill in your value for y
• Plot the points (x,y)

Example  ## The equation of a straight line y = mx + c
Where m= gradient and c = y-intercept,
the value of y when x is zero.

Example Plotting the  graph of  a line from its equation.

Finding the equation of  a line from its graph. © Alexander Forrest