# How do you graph #y=1/3x-5# using the slope and intercept?

##### 1 Answer

Using the slope-intercept form of the equation gives you

⁕ a value at

⁕ a value at

#### Explanation:

The slope-intercept form of the equation is the easiest to graph because you can read the process right from the equation.

**First you need a place to start**

The equation gives you one point that is automatically on the line. That point is the y intercept, the value at b.

So to start, put the tip of the pencil on the y intercept.

In this case, that is

**Now you count out the steps for the slope.**

The slope is always a fraction.

Sometimes the value for slope doesn't even really look like a fraction.

The slope might be a whole number whose denominator is

But in this case, the slope is obviously the fraction

Slope is described as "rise over run"

⁕ The numerator is how high you rise up the y axis.

⁕ The denominator is how far you run along the x axis.

1) So in this case, starting at

Now you are at

2) From there, run along

Now you are at

3) Draw a small dot at this new point.

4) Draw a line through the

graph{y = 1/3x - 5 [-7.67, 12.33, -8.6, 1.4]}