# What are the intercepts of #3x-12y=-17#?

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Mar 3, 2016

#### Answer:

Put the equation into the general linear equation form of y = mx + b. The x-intercept is the value of 'y' when 'x' is zero, or 'b'. The y-intercept is the value of 'x' when 'y' is zero (-b/m).

#### Explanation:

A line has the general form of y = mx + b, or vertical position is the product of the slope and horizontal position, x, plus the point where the line crosses (intercepts) the x-axis (the line where x is always zero.)

-12y = -3x – 17 ; y = (3/12)x + 17/12