Find the x- and y- intercept of a linear equation
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Question
Find the x-intercept and the y-intercept of the line given by the equation 9x -6y +15 = 0.
Answer
This basic understanding required to solve this was covered the
x-intercept and y-intercept math video. To summarize, we should know that:
y-intercept: y-coordinate of the point where the graph crosses the y-axis
x-intercept: x-coordinate of the point where the graph crosses the x-axis
Knowing the above, we can visualize both the intercepts as shown below:
Notice something from the picture above? At the y-intercept point, the x-coordinate of that point is always 0.
With this, we can find the y-intercept of the equation by finding the value of y when x=0. Here's how we find it:
Similarly, at the x-intercept point, the y-coordinate is always 0. Hence, can find the x-intercept as shown below:
Finally, the equation 9x -6y +15 =0 has:
y-intercept= ^{5}/_{2}
x-intercept= -^{5}/_{3}