A. Definitions
 xintercept – the point where the line crosses the xaxis.
 yintercept – the point where the line crosses the yaxis.
B. How to Graph Using the x and y Intercepts
 Find the xintercept.
 Substitute zero in place of y in the equation.
 Solve the equation for x.
 You get the ordered pair (x, 0).
 Find the yintercept.
 Substitute zero in place of x in the equation.
 Solve the equation for y.
 You get the ordered pair (0, y).
 Graph the two intercepts or points.
 Connect the points with a straight line and arrows on each end.
 Label the line with its equation.


