# Quant Basics: Slope Intercept Form

The Slope Intercept form is a useful way of representing a straight line equation. It is written as y=mx+b,

where m represents the slope and b gives the y intercept.

This form is extremely useful for graphical or word problems. It is great because you can use this equation to easily find out the ‘y’ value.

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For example, you can use this equation to find out the equation of a line where some information is provided to you. For example, a line passes through the point (-1,-4) has slope m= 2. You can easily plug this information to find out the value of b (in this case) and get the equation of the line.

Now, y=mx+b

-4= 2*-1+b

b=-2

So, the equation of the line is y=2x-2

You can also use this equation to find out the slope if the line coordinates are available. You can then use this form to write the equation.

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