# Grade 8 » Functions » Define, evaluate, and compare functions. » 3

Print this pageInterpret the equation *y = mx + b* as defining a linear function, whose graph is a straight line; give examples of functions that are not linear. *For example, the function A = s ^{2} giving the area of a square as a function of its side length is not linear because its graph contains the points (1,1), (2,4) and (3,9), which are not on a straight line*.