Posted by **Dee** on Wednesday, May 23, 2007 at 6:03pm.

write the equation of the line passing through each of the given pairs of points. write yourresults in slope-interceptformwhere possible. (-1, 3) and (4, -2)

get your slope

I got m =(-2-3)/(4+1) = -1

pick one of the points and m=-1 to sub into

y = mx + b, solve for b and rewrite it as

y = -x ......

y=-x + b

y = -x i GET THIS FAR AND I'M LOST.

ok, so we know m=-1 and let's use the point (-1,3)

then in m = mx+b

3 = -1(-1) + b

3 = 1 + b

3-1 = b

then b=2

your equation therefore is y = -x + 2

test it by putting the other point (4,-2)in it

y = -x + 2

Left side= -2

Right side = -(4) + 2

= -2

it works, so we have the correct equation

Reiny, how did you come up with m= (-2-3)/ (4 + 1 = -1