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Study Guides > MATH 1314: College Algebra

Introduction to Graphs of Linear Functions


By the end of this lesson, you will be able to:
  • Graph linear functions.
  • Write the equation for a linear function from the graph of a line.
  • Given the equations of two lines, determine whether their graphs are parallel or perpendicular.
  • Write the equation of a line parallel or perpendicular to a given line.
  • Solve a system of linear equations.

Two competing telephone companies offer different payment plans. The two plans charge the same rate per long distance minute, but charge a different monthly flat fee. A consumer wants to determine whether the two plans will ever cost the same amount for a given number of long distance minutes used. The total cost of each payment plan can be represented by a linear function. To solve the problem, we will need to compare the functions. In this section, we will consider methods of comparing functions using graphs.

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