# Homework Help: Graph Problem

1. Oct 9, 2006

### ve3rfd

I am having trouble figureing out the y = mx + b of this if the table of values look like

Distance Time (s)
25.000 0.000
24.920 1.000
24.678 2.000
24.269 3.000
23.685 4.000
22.913 5.000
21.932 6.000
20.712 7.000
19.209 8.000
17.349 9.000
15.000 10.000
11.874 11.000
7.000 12.000
0.000 13.000

I am tring to find out the y = mx + b of this curve and then I have to figure out the derivative of the curve? Any help please?

2. Oct 9, 2006

### Staff: Mentor

Are those (x,y) values? If so, what do you have for y when x=0? If you put that point into y=mx+b, what does that point tell you about b?

If you graph the points, do you get a straight line?

3. Oct 9, 2006

### quasar987

Well if you look at the position as a function of time and write

x(t)=mt+b,

you should at least be able to find what b is by looking at the first set of data:

Distance Time (s)
25.000 0.000

At t=0.000, x=25.000.

A little effort.

4. Oct 9, 2006

### ve3rfd

I am having trouble getting the slope? Because the graph is a curve and the y value decreases as time increases.

5. Oct 9, 2006

### Integral

Staff Emeritus
I will be interested in seeing what line you choose to draw through that data.

6. Oct 9, 2006

### Staff: Mentor

Yeah, no kidding. I just graphed it in Excel, and she's not a straight line. Not even close.

So to the original poster (OP), what *exactly* is the problem statement?

7. Oct 9, 2006

### quasar987

Is this the data for the free fall of an object?

2000 posts! *champagne and trumpets*

8. Oct 9, 2006

### ve3rfd

This is the question A 25 ft long ladder is resting against a vertical wall and the bottom of the ladder is moving out at a fixed rate of 2.00 ft per second. Graph x and y as functions of time. and I did x which is easy and the y = mx + b was y = 1/2x + 0 I just need some help with y?

9. Oct 9, 2006