Suppose you are given this equation **y = 5x + 1** – how do you then plot this equation on a graph using just the equation – that is without using a table of values ?

The answer to the above is in using the value of the **SLOPE** of the equation – in this exampe **5** – and the value for the **Y-INTERCEPT** which is **+1**.

- The y-intercept will give us the first point on the y-axis, and
- The slope will allows us to work out the next point using the
**RISE over RUN**formula. (Note: Linear equations with a**slope having a negative value**are addressed in this video lesson ‘graphing linear equations.’

Watch this short video for an example of how it is done .

The full video lesson on graphing linear equations is found here