Posted by -Untamed- on Thursday, November 24, 2011 at 9:14pm.
It's not so different. It just has a fraction. You can always use y instead of f(x)
y = x/3 + 5
To solve, set y=0 and solve for x
0 = x/3 + 5
x/3 = -5
x = -3/5
The y-intercept is always easy. Just plug in x=0 and evaluate y
y = 5x^2 - 35x
y(0) = 0 so the y-intercept is (0,0)
5x^2 - 35x
so, y=0 when
5x(x-7) = 0
x=0 or x=7
The x-intercepts are (0,0) and (7,0)
Note that (0,0) is both an x-intercept and a y-intercept.
y = 3x(x^2 - 49)
Think back to your factoring exercises, and recall the difference of two squares:
(a+b)(a-b) = a^2 - b^2
y = 3x(x+7)(x-7)
So, the y-intercept is (0,0)
x-intercepts are (0,0) (7,0) and (-7,0)
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