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Age 11 to 14 Short
Challenge Level

Plotting the graph using a table of values
If we plot the graph first, then we will be able to see the shape whose area we are looking for.

We can use a table of values to plot the graph, and we are interested in $x$ values between $3$ and $7$, so going from $2$ to $8$ will help us see the whole shape.

If $x=2$, then $y=2\times2-6=4-6=-2$. The rest of the values can be found in the same way.

$x$ $2$  $3$   $4$   $5$   $6$   $7$  $8$
$y$ $-2$ $0$ $2$ $4$ $6$ $8$ $10$

The graph looks like this:



We need to find the area between $x=3$ and $x=7$, which is coloured green below.

 
The shape is a right-angled triangle, and its base is $4$ units and its height is $8$ units. So its area is $\frac{1}{2}\times4\times8=16$ square units.


Sketching the graph using relevant points
From the equation $y=2x-6$, we know that the graph will be a straight line.

Since we are interested in the area between $x=3$ and $x=7$, we could check where the graph is at those two points.

When $x=3$, $y=2\times3-6=6-6=0$.
When $x=7$, $y=2\times7-6=14-6=8$.

So $(3,0)$ and $(7,8)$ lie on the graph.



So the graph must be the straight line through those points, and the area required is the green area, as shown below.



The shape is a right-angled triangle, and its base is $4$ units and its height is $8$ units. So its area is $\frac{1}{2}\times4\times8=16$ square units.

 

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