Introduction to Graphs

Table of Topics
Rectangular Coordinate System
Graphing Linear Equations and Graphing with Intercepts
Slope of a Line

Rectangular Coordinate System

  • The x and y axes form the rectangular coordinate system
  • These axes divide the plane into 4 areas called quadrants
  • As shown In figure below the quadrants are counted anti clockwise starting from upper right, namely quadrant I, II, III, IV
  • Every point in the system is represented by ordered pair (x,y). x is x coordinate of point (x,y) and y is the y coordinate of point (x,y)
  • Example: For marking point (3,4) draw x=3 and y=4, the intersection gives the point (3,4)
  • Referring to point (x,y), in quadrant 1, both points are positive, in quadrant 2 x is negative and y is positive, quadrant 3 has both x and y negative, quadrant 4 has x positive and y negative
  • Point (0,0) is called the origin

Graphing Linear Equations in 2 variables

  • The graph of linear equation Ax+By = C is a straight line, every point on the line is solution to the equation and every solution to this equation is point on this line
  • Example: Graph of y=2x-3 is given below which is a straight line
Graphing the line
  • x intercept of a graph is the point where y is zero, means point where graph cuts the x axis. In above example, point (1.5,0) is x intercept of line y=2x-3
  • y intercept of a graph is the point where x is zero, means point where graph cuts the y axis. In above example, point (0,-3) is y intercept of line y=2x-3

Slope of a Line

  • Slope of line, m, is rise over run
  • Rise is vertical change and run is horizontal change

Graphing a line given a point and the slope

  • Plot the given point
  • Identify rise and run using the slope formula m=rise/run
  • Starting at given point, count the rise and run and mark the second point
  • Connect the points with a line
  • Example, Graph the line with y intercept 4 and slope= -5/2