At the end of this lesson, students will be able to:
- Find intercepts of the graph of an equation.
- Use intercepts to graph an equation.
- Solve real-world problems using intercepts of a graph.
Terms introduced in this lesson:
Teaching Strategies and Tips
One way to graph lines is by plotting intercepts. Additional questions to ask students in the introduction:
Do all lines have x and y−intercepts?
Which lines have only one intercept?
Solution: Horizontal and vertical lines.
Is it possible for lines not to have intercepts?
Solution: No, every line must have at least one intercept.
Is it possible for lines to have more than 2 intercepts?
In Examples 2a and 2b, have students convert their fractions into decimals before plotting.
Use the cover-up method as a quick way to find intercepts algebraically.
In Examples 4 and 5, encourage students to interpret the meaning of the intercepts in context of the problem.
In Example 4, distinguish between the independent and dependent variables first. To find an appropriate scale for the axes, determine the domain of the independent variable next.