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    Need help figuring out this linear equations table

    X. F(x)
    4. 13
    2. 7
    0. 1
    -1. -2

    using the table, what is the value of f(-1)?

    Write a linear function equation for this table of values.

    Using this equation or the table itself, find the value of f(1)

    I don't understand this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by brianfisher1208 View Post
    X. F(x)
    4. 13
    2. 7
    0. 1
    -1. -2

    using the table, what is the value of f(-1)?

    Write a linear function equation for this table of values.

    Using this equation or the table itself, find the value of f(1)

    I don't understand this.
    K so the question is saying that there is a function y=f(x) such that plugging in any x into the function will give you a value for y=f(x) as listed in the table.

    Using this, we can think of the table as telling us this:

    f(4)=13
    f(2)=7
    f(0) = 1
    f(-1) = -2

    Now as for making a function. What can we decide from the table? It looks like if x =0, f(x)=f(0)=1. So it looks like we need to have a constant that isn't multiplied by any x.

    Next, lets looks at the values, how can we turn 2 into 7 and 4 into 13?

    Looks like f(x) = 3x + 1. Does this make sense how we came to this? It can be a bit of a trial and error process.

    Let's test it.

    f(2) = 3(2) + 1 = 6 + 1 = 7 \ \ \ \text{Check!}

    f(4) = 3(4) + 1 = 12 +1 = 13  \ \ \ \text {Check!}

    f(0) = 3(0) + 1 = 0 +1 = 1  \ \ \ \text {Check!}

    f(-1) = 3(-1) + 1 = -3 +1 = -2  \ \ \ \text {Check!}



    Can you find f(1) now?
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    Nice avatar, Kasper !

    Otherwise, you might want to consider a more straightforward algebra´c way.
    Your problem strongly suggests that a linear relationship exists between x and f(x). This is equivalent to saying that f(x) = ax + b, for some a and b, a \neq 0.

    1. Find b

    You have some values of the function (actually, only two are required). You can say that :

    13 = 4a + b

    7 = 2a + b

    We can slightly reformulate this :

    13 - b = 4a

    7 - b = 2a

    And now, we get smart ! We divide both equations together :

    \frac{13 - b}{7 - b} = \frac{4a}{2a}

    Which is equivalent to :

    \frac{13 - b}{7 - b} = 2

    Now we simplify the fraction :

    13 - b = 2(7 - b)

    13 - b = 14 - 2b

     - b + 2b = 14 - 13

    \boxed{b = 1}

    2. Find a

    Now that we know b, this is easy : we know that b = 1 : we can use a pair of values \left ( x, f(x) \right ) :

    13 = 4a + b

    Since b = 1, we get :

    13 = 4a + 1

    12 = 4a

    3 = a

    \boxed{a = 3}

    3. Conclusion

    You are done : you have found the linear relationship between x and f(x) :

    \boxed{f(x) = 3x + 1}

    Let's check those results :

    f(4) = 4 \times 3 + 1 = 12 + 1 = 13 -->

    f(2) = 2 \times 3 + 1 = 6 + 1 = 7 -->

    f(0) = 0 \times 3 + 1 = 0 + 1 = 1 -->

    f(-1) = (-1) \times 3 + 1 = -3 + 1 = -2 -->

    Now that we can find f(x) from x with a simple linear formula, let's answer the last part of the question : substitute x = 1 to find the value of f(1) :

    f(1) = 1 \times 3 + 1 = 3 + 1 = 4

    Done !
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    Does it make sense ?
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    Hello, brianfisher1208!

    . . . \begin{array}{c|c}x & f(x) \\ \hline\text{-}1 & \text{-}2 \\ 0 & 1 \\ 2 & 7 \\ 4 & 13 \end{array}


    Using the table, what is the value of f(-1) ?

    Um . . . -2 ?




    Write a linear function equation for this table of values.
    A linear function has the form: . f(x) \;=\;ax+b
    And we must determine a and b.

    We can use any two values from our table.

    For example:

    . . \begin{array}{ccccccccccccc}f(2) = 7: && a(2) + b &=& 7 && \Rightarrow && 2a + b &=& 7 & [1] \\<br />
f(4) = 13: && a(4) + b &=& 13 && \Rightarrow && 4a + b &=& 13 & [2] \end{array}


    Subtract [2] - [1]: . 2a \:=\:6 \quad\Rightarrow\quad a \:=\:3

    Substitute into [1]: . 2(3) + b \:=\:7 \quad\Rightarrow\quad b \:=\:1


    Therefore: . \boxed{f(x)\;=\;3x+1}




    Using this equation or the table itself, find the value of f(1).

    f(1) \;=\;3(1) + 1 \;=\;4

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    Interesting! As you can see, Brian, Soroban chose to solve by substitution a system of linear equations in order to find a and b, while I decided to arrange the equations to allow a division that will get rid of an unknown, making solving easy. Two equivalent solutions to one problem (although mine was a bit longer).

    Thanks Soroban, I didn't know the command \boxed, I was sort of deceived my function didn't appear in math font
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