Linear Function
Definition:
A linear function is a polynomial of degree one. The graph of a linear function is a straight line. The rate of change of a linear function is called the slope of the function. In a linear function, the average and instantaneous rate of change are always the same.
Formula for a Linear Function:
General Form:
Slope-Intercept Form:
Point-Slope Form:
Two-Point Form:
Linear Function Photo:
Mr. Lee's Example Photo
Photo Description: This is a picture of the Chapel Bridge in Lucern, Switzerland that I took while on vacation. The roof of this footbridge, originally constructed in 1333, can be modeled by a linear function. I set the origin at the base of the stone tower. Given this somewhat arbitrary origin, the roof of the bridge could be modeled by the function y = 0.25x + 2.
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