Hi Crystal,
The first thing to realize is that the graph of ax + by = c, where a, b and c are numbers, is a straight line. A nice property of a straight line is that if you know any two points on the line you can plot the entire line. Just put your ruler down so that both points are at the edge of the ruler and then draw the line.
The easiest two points to choose are the intercepts. The yintercept occurs when x = 0 and the xintercept occurs when y = 0.
In your equation the yintercept occurs when x = 0, that is
3(0) + 6y = 9 so y = ^{9}/_{6} = ^{3}/_{2}
and the xintercept occurs when y = 0, that is
3x + 6(0) = 9 so x = ^{9/3} = 3
Thus the intercepts are (0, ^{3}/_{2}) and (3,0).
Plot the points and draw the line,
Penny
