OBJECTIVE: To graph linear equations written in standard form on the coordinate plane
Any algebraic equation that can be converted to the form Ax + By = C (A and B not both equal to 0) is a linear equation.
There is a postulate in Geometry that 'two points determine a line.' So it's possible to graph a linear equation by identifying two points that lie on the line.
One way to do this is by assigning values to x and solving for y. Once you have two ordered pairs that lie on the line, you can plot these two points and connect them.
1) A linear equation of the form Ax + By = C is displayed at the upper left corner of the applet below.
2) Assign a value to x and solve for y to get an ordered pair. Assign another value to x and again solve for
y to get another ordered pair. [Note: The applet only works for integer values of x and y.]
3) Move the 2 Large White Dots to match your two ordered pairs.
4) Click Check Graph. If you didn't get it right, check your calculations and try again.
5) Once you get a problem Correct, click the New Problem button.
6) Repeat at least 10 times.