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Use to calculate the equation of the line, where represents the slope and represents the y-intercept.

To calculate the equation of the line, use the format.

Slope is equal to the change in over the change in , or rise over run.

The change in is equal to the difference in x-coordinates (also called run), and the change in is equal to the difference in y-coordinates (also called rise).

Substitute in the values of and into the equation to find the slope.

Simplify the numerator.

Multiply by .

Add and .

Simplify the denominator.

Multiply by .

Subtract from .

Cancel the common factor of and .

Factor out of .

Cancel the common factors.

Factor out of .

Cancel the common factor.

Rewrite the expression.

Use the formula for the equation of a line to find .

Substitute the value of into the equation.

Substitute the value of into the equation.

Substitute the value of into the equation.

Find the value of .

Rewrite the equation as .

Multiply by .

Move all terms not containing to the right side of the equation.

Subtract from both sides of the equation.

To write as a fraction with a common denominator, multiply by .

Combine and .

Combine the numerators over the common denominator.

Simplify the numerator.

Multiply by .

Subtract from .

Move the negative in front of the fraction.

Now that the values of (slope) and (y-intercept) are known, substitute them into to find the equation of the line.

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