# How do you graph #y=-1/2x-5# using intercepts?

##### 1 Answer

Apr 26, 2017

x-intercept:

y-intercept:

#### Explanation:

To start off, we know that intercepts only exist when the x-coordinate or y-coordinate of a point equal 0.

So we look into the given function:

To find the y-intercept, the x-coordinate has to equal 0, so let's plug in 0 into the function.

So now we know when

For the x-intercept, the y-coordinate has to equal 0. We plug it in to get:

So we now have the x intercept at point

**Here's a graph for reference:**

graph{y = -1/2x-5 [-13, 7, -6.96, 3.04]}