How can a table be used to find the rate of change and the initial value? Describe the process.

Guest Feb 25, 2021

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Let's take this table:

x | 0 | 1 | 2 | 3 |

y | 1 | 3 | 5 | 7 |

The initial value is the first value, i.e. $x=0$ and $y=1$.

The rate of change (for linear functions) is the difference between the $y$ values when the $x$ value changes by $1$. Looking closely, as $x$ goes up by $1$, $y$ goes up by $2$. The rate of change is $\frac{\text{change in y}}{\text{change in x}}=\frac{2}{1}=\boxed{2}$.

Hope this helped.

thedudemanguyperson Feb 25, 2021