Plotting Graphs of Straight Lines

Plotting Graphs of Straight Lines


To plot a straight line, create a small table.

Determine at least three values of x to plot, and work out the values of y using the equation. Plot the points, and draw a straight line through the three points, extending the graph beyond the two outside points.

If a straight line cannot be drawn through these points, check the calculations.


1. An equation is given by y = 3x - 4.

What are the coordinates that would be plotted for x = -2, x = 0 and x = 3?

Answer: (-2, -10), (0, -4) and (3, 5)

3x - 4-10-45

2. Plot the graph for y = 2x + 4.

Answer: graph showing y=2x+3