Example 2

Graph the solution set for the linear equation y = 3x + 1.
1. Make a table. Choose at least three values for x, and find the corresponding values of y using the given equation. 2. Plot the ordered pairs on the coordinate plane. 3. The solution set for y = 3x + 1 is a straight line. Connect the points by drawing a line through them. Use arrows at each end of the line to demonstrate that the line continues infinitely in each direction. This represents all the solutions for the equation. This applet is provided by Walch Education as supplemental material for their mathematics programs. Visit www.walch.com for more information.