# Learn, Pass Regents, Graduate!!! Jan 16 Alg I #25

This is a series to help students pass the Regents and graduate high school while learning some Math in the process
For most students, the Math Regents they will focus on is Common Core Algebra I but we will also discuss Common Core Geometry.

Let’s go!!

The Common Core exams are much harder than the old ones and students will need
1. more practice
2. more content knowledge
3. more content exposure
4. more motivation

Are you ready?  See  below for the first installment: January 2016 long answer #25:

This is an easy problem!!
Students should be able to see that for every increase of 2 in x the y value is going down by 2.5 and therefore the function is linear
Here is a model response from the model response set from http://www.nysedregents.org/algebraone/116/algone12016-mrs.pdf

Another easy way is to draw it (again from the Model Response Set)

This is worth 2 points folks and it’s an easy 2 points so make sure you review.
It is also not exponential because it does not have a pattern like an exponential — here is an example of an exponential pattern of y = 2^x: 1, 2,4, 8, 16  each number in the sequence is double the number before.  The pattern has a constant multiplier, while our list of 10, 7.5, 5, 2.5, 0 has a constant rate of change of -2.5 which means it is a linear function or a line!!