# Thread: graphing linear equation, need help.

1. ## graphing linear equation, need help.

-x+4y=9

what's the best number to put for X

any suggestion?

2. Originally Posted by jingming90
-x+4y=9

what's the best number to put for X

any suggestion?
x = 0 ... you get the y-intercept

y = 0 ... you get the x-intercept

3. y do i have to find the x and y intercept first? does it make it easier?

4. Originally Posted by jingming90
y do i have to find the x and y intercept first? does it make it easier?
you asked for a suggestion ... I gave you one.

you'll have to determine if it makes graphing the line "easier" than some other method you know.

5. Originally Posted by jingming90
y do i have to find the x and y intercept first? does it make it easier?

I think so, you have a point on the x-axis and a point on the y-axis, just join the 2 and you have a line.

As both calcs have a zero, the calclations are simple.

6. what should i do if the equation look somthing like -2x=4y
??

7. Originally Posted by jingming90
what should i do if the equation look somthing like -2x=4y
??
If the line passes through (0, 0) then you need to get another point. Common sense would suggest that you should substitute a simple value of x to get that point eg. x = 1 => y = -1/2 so that (1, -1/2) is a point.