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Today’s Vocabulary x-intercept y-intercept positive negative root zero

Learn Intercepts of Graphs of Functions The intercepts of graphs are points where the graph intersects an axis.

The x-intercept is the x-coordinate of a point where a graph crosses the x-axis.

The y-intercept is the y-coordinate of a point where a graph crosses the y-axis.

A function is positive when its graph lies above the x-axis.

A function is negative when its graph lies below the x-axis.

Example 1 Intercepts of the Graph of a Linear Function Use the graph to estimate the x- and y-intercepts of the function and describe where the function is positive and negative.

The x-intercept is the point where the graph crosses the x-axis, ( , ).

The y-intercept is the point where the graph crosses the y-axis, ( , ).

A function is positive when its graph lies above the x-axis, or when .

A function is negative when its graph lies below the x-axis, or when .

Check Use the graph to estimate the x- and y-intercepts of the function and describe where the function is positive and negative.

A. x-intercept: (-2, 0); y-intercept: (0, -6); positive: x > -2; negative: x < -2

B. x-intercept: (0, −6); y-intercept: (-2, 0); positive: x < -2; negative: x > -2

C. x-intercept: (-2, 0); y-intercept: (0, -6); positive: x < -2; negative: x > -2

D. x-intercept: (0, -6); y-intercept: (-2, 0); positive: x > -2; negative: x < -2

Think About It!

Study Tip:

Notice that intercept can be used to refer to either the point where the graph intersects the axis or the nonzero coordinate of the point where the graph intersects the axis.

y

Study Tip

To help remember the difference between the x- and y-intercepts, remember that the x-intercept is where the graph intersects the x-axis, and the y-intercept is where the graph intersects the y-axis.

Today’s Goals Identify the intercepts of

functions and intervals where functions are positive and negative.

Solve equations by graphing.

Lesson 3-4 • Intercepts of Graphs 167

Sample answer: The function is linear because its graph forms a straight line.

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Explain why this function is nonlinear.

Example 2 Intercepts of the Graph of a Nonlinear Function Use the graph to estimate the x- and y-intercepts of the function and describe where the function is positive and negative.

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negative: x is between and .

Check Use the graph of the function to determine key features.

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x O

Part A Determine whether each ordered pair represents an x-intercept, a y-intercept, or neither.

(1, 0)

(0, 1)

Part B Describe where the function is positive and negative.

A. positive: x < 1 and x > 4; negative: x is between 1 and 4 B. positive: x > 1 and x < 4; negative: x is between 1 and 4 C. positive: x is between 1 and 4; negative: x > 1 and x < 4 D. positive: x is between 1 and 4; negative: x < 1 and x > 4

Watch Out!

The graphs of nonlinear functions can have more than one x-intercept.

Go Online You can complete an Extra Example online.

Your Notes

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x-intercept neither

D

3

Sample answer: The function is nonlinear because its graph does not form a straight line.

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Think About It!

The function is only graphed from 0 to 9 seconds. What can you assume about the function when x > 9? Interpret this meaning. Does it make sense in the context of the situation?

Example 3 Find Intercepts from a Graph SPORTS The graph shows the height of a ball for each second x that it is airborne. Use the graph to estimate the x- and y-intercepts of the function, where the function is positive and negative, and interpret the meanings in the context of the situation.

The x-intercept is . That means that the ball will hit the ground after seconds. The y-intercept is . This means that at time , the ball was at a height of feet. The function is positive when x is between and , which means that the ball is in the air for seconds. No portion of the graph shows that the function is .

Check FITNESS The graph shows the number of people y at a gym x hours after the gym opens.

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Part A Use the graph to estimate the x- and y-intercepts.

x-intercept: ( , )

y-intercept: ( , )

Part B Which statements describe the meaning of the x- and y-intercepts in the context of the situation? Select all that apply.

A. There were 20 people at the gym when it opened.

B. The gym closed after 20 hours.

C. The gym closed after 12 hours.

D. There were 12 people at the gym when it opened.

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Sample answer: I assume that the graph continues to follow the same path, so the function is negative when x > 9. This means that the ball would be at a negative height when x > 9. This does not make sense in the context of the situation because it is impossible for a ball to be at a negative height.

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Go Online You can complete an Extra Example online.

Example 4 Find Intercepts from a Table LUNCH Violet starts the semester with $150 in her student lunch account. Each day she spends $3.75 on lunch. The table shows the function relating the amount of money remaining in her lunch account to the number of days Violet has purchased lunch.

Part A Find the intercepts.

The x-intercept is where y = , so the x-intercept is .

The y-intercept is where x = , so the y-intercept is .

Part B Describe what the intercepts mean in the context of the situation.

The x-intercept means that after buying lunch for days, Violet will have $ left in her lunch account, or it will take Violet days to use all of the money in her lunch account. The y-intercept means that Violet’s lunch account has $ after buying lunch for days, or the beginning balance of her lunch account is $ .

Check MOVIES Ashley received a gift card to the movie theater for her birthday. The table shows the amount of money remaining on her gift card y after x trips to the movie theater.

Number of Trips Balance ($) x y 0 90 1 81

2 72 3 63 5 45 7 27

10 0

Part A Find the y-intercept. ( , )

Part B Find the x-intercept and describe what it means in the context of the situation.

A. (10, 0); The initial balance on the gift card was $10.

B. (90, 0); The initial balance on the gift card was $90.

C. (10, 0); After 10 trips to the movies, there will be no money left on the gift card.

D. (90, 0); After 90 trips to the movies, there will be no money left on the gift card.

Time (Days) Balance ($) x y 0 150 2 142.50 5 131.25

10 112.50 15 93.75 30 37.50 40 0

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Learn Solving Equations by Graphing The solution, or root, of an equation is any value that makes the equation true. A zero is an x-intercept of the graph of the function.

For example, the root of 3x = 6 is 2. A linear equation, like 3x = 6, has at most one root, while a nonlinear equation, like x2 + 4x − 5 = 0, may have more than one.

Equation Related Function 3x = 6 f (x) = 3x − 6 or y = 3x − 6

x2 + 4x − 5 = 0 f (x) = x2 + 4x − 5 or y = x2 + 4x − 5

The graph of the related function can be used to find the solutions of an equation. The related function is formed by solving the equation for 0 and then replacing 0 with f (x) or y.

Values of x for which f(x) = 0 are located at the x-intercepts of the graph of a function and are called the zeros of the function f. The roots of an equation are the same as the zeros of its related function. The solutions and roots of an equation are the same value as the zeros and x-intercepts of its related function. For the equation 3x = 6:

• 2 is the solution of 3x = 6.

• 2 is the root of 3x = 6.

• 2 is the zero of f (x) = 3x − 6.

• 2 is the x-intercept of f (x) = 3x − 6.

Example 5 Solve a Linear Equation by Graphing Solve −2x + 7 = 1 by graphing. Check your solution.

Find the related function.

−2x + 7 = 1 Subtract 1 from each side.

−2x + = Simplify.

Graph the left side of the equation. The related function is f(x) = , which can be graphed.

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xO

The graph intersects the x-axis at . This is the x-intercept, or zero, which is also the root of the equation. So, the solution of the equation is .

Check your solution by solving the equation algebraically.

Go Online You can complete an Extra Example online.

Think About It!

What is the difference between a root and a zero?

Think About It!

Suppose you first solved the equation algebraically. How could you use your solution to graph the zero of the related function?

Go Online An alternate method is available for this example.

Lesson 3-4 • Intercepts of Graphs 171

- 1 - 1

-2x + 6

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3

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Sample answer: A root is the solution of an equation, while a zero is the x-intercept of the related function.

Sample answer: The solution of the equation is the same as the x-intercept, or zero, of the function. So, I can graph the zero by plotting a point at 3 on the x-axis.

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Example 7 Solve an Equation of a Horizontal Line by Graphing Solve 4x + 3 = 4x − 5 by graphing. Check your solution.

Find the related function.

4x + 3 = 4x − 5 Add 5 to each side.

4x = 4x Simplify.

8 = Simplify.

Graph the left side of the equation. The related function is f (x) = , which can be graphed.

y

xO

The graph does not intersect the x-axis. This means that there is x-intercept and, therefore, there is solution.

Talk About It!

Does solving the equation algebraically give a different solution? Explain your reasoning.

Go Online You can complete an Extra Example online.

Example 6 Solve a Nonlinear Equation by Graphing Solve x2 − 4x = −3 by graphing. Check your solution.

Find the related function.

x2 − 4x = −3 Add 3 to each side.

x2 − 4x + 3 = Simplify.

Graph the left side of the equation. The related function is f(x) = , which can be graphed.

y

xO

.

Go Online You can watch a video to see how to use a graphing calculator with this example.

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+ 5 + 5

8

Sample answer: No; solving algebraically results in the false statement 8 = 0, which means there is no solution.

+ 3 + 3 0

x2 - 4x = -3

1 3

1 3

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Check Equations and the graphs of their related functions are shown. Write the related function and its zero(s) under the appropriate graph.

y

−8 −4−6 −2 8642

−8 −6 −4

x2 - 6 = x

related function: zeros:

Apply Example 8 Estimate Solutions by Graphing PARTY Haley is ordering invitations for her graduation party. She has $40 to spend and each invitation costs $0.96. The function m = 40 − 0.96p represents the amount of money m Haley has left after ordering p party invitations Find the zero of the function. Describe what this value means in the context of this situation.

1 What is the task?

Describe the task in your own words. Then list any questions that you may have. How can you find answers to your questions?

2 How will you approach the task? What have you learned that you can use to help you complete the task?

Go Online You can complete an Extra Example online.

Lesson 3-4 • Intercepts of Graphs 173

4 f (x) = 5

f (x) = - 1 __ 2 x + 2

Sample answer: I need to find the zero of the function and describe what it means. How can I determine the meaning of the zero from a graph of the function? I can review graphing linear functions and labeling axes.

Sample answer: I will graph the function by making a table of values. I will estimate the x-intercept of the graph to find the zero. I will then check my solution by solving the equation algebraically. I will use the axes labels to help me interpret my solution.

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3 What is your solution?

Use your strategy to solve the problem.

Graph the function. Estimate the solution.

10 20 30 40 500

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40

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_______ invitations.

What does your solution mean in the context of the situation?

4 How can you know that your solution is reasonable?

Write About It! Write an argument that can be used to defend your solution.

Check DATA Blair’s cell phone plan allows her to use 3 GB of data, and she uses approximately 0.14 GB of data each day. The function g = 3 − 0.14d represents the amount of data g in GB she has left after d days.

Part A Examine the graph of the function to estimate its zero to the nearest day.

The graph appears to intersect the x-axis at .

Part B Solve algebraically to check your answer. Round to the nearest tenth.

x =

Part C Describe what your answer to Part B means in this context.

After days, Blair has GB left.

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Sample answer: Haley can order 41 invitations with the amount of money she has to spend.

Sample answer: This amount is close to the estimated zero of 42 invitations from the graph.

42

≈ 41.67

Learn Intercepts of Graphs of Functions The intercepts of graphs are points where the graph intersects an axis.

The x-intercept is the x-coordinate of a point where a graph crosses the x-axis.

The y-intercept is the y-coordinate of a point where a graph crosses the y-axis.

A function is positive when its graph lies above the x-axis.

A function is negative when its graph lies below the x-axis.

Example 1 Intercepts of the Graph of a Linear Function Use the graph to estimate the x- and y-intercepts of the function and describe where the function is positive and negative.

The x-intercept is the point where the graph crosses the x-axis, ( , ).

The y-intercept is the point where the graph crosses the y-axis, ( , ).

A function is positive when its graph lies above the x-axis, or when .

A function is negative when its graph lies below the x-axis, or when .

Check Use the graph to estimate the x- and y-intercepts of the function and describe where the function is positive and negative.

A. x-intercept: (-2, 0); y-intercept: (0, -6); positive: x > -2; negative: x < -2

B. x-intercept: (0, −6); y-intercept: (-2, 0); positive: x < -2; negative: x > -2

C. x-intercept: (-2, 0); y-intercept: (0, -6); positive: x < -2; negative: x > -2

D. x-intercept: (0, -6); y-intercept: (-2, 0); positive: x > -2; negative: x < -2

Think About It!

Study Tip:

Notice that intercept can be used to refer to either the point where the graph intersects the axis or the nonzero coordinate of the point where the graph intersects the axis.

y

Study Tip

To help remember the difference between the x- and y-intercepts, remember that the x-intercept is where the graph intersects the x-axis, and the y-intercept is where the graph intersects the y-axis.

Today’s Goals Identify the intercepts of

functions and intervals where functions are positive and negative.

Solve equations by graphing.

Lesson 3-4 • Intercepts of Graphs 167

Sample answer: The function is linear because its graph forms a straight line.

3 0

0 6

x < 3

x > 3

C

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Explain why this function is nonlinear.

Example 2 Intercepts of the Graph of a Nonlinear Function Use the graph to estimate the x- and y-intercepts of the function and describe where the function is positive and negative.

y

negative: x is between and .

Check Use the graph of the function to determine key features.

y

x O

Part A Determine whether each ordered pair represents an x-intercept, a y-intercept, or neither.

(1, 0)

(0, 1)

Part B Describe where the function is positive and negative.

A. positive: x < 1 and x > 4; negative: x is between 1 and 4 B. positive: x > 1 and x < 4; negative: x is between 1 and 4 C. positive: x is between 1 and 4; negative: x > 1 and x < 4 D. positive: x is between 1 and 4; negative: x < 1 and x > 4

Watch Out!

The graphs of nonlinear functions can have more than one x-intercept.

Go Online You can complete an Extra Example online.

Your Notes

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x-intercept neither

D

3

Sample answer: The function is nonlinear because its graph does not form a straight line.

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Think About It!

The function is only graphed from 0 to 9 seconds. What can you assume about the function when x > 9? Interpret this meaning. Does it make sense in the context of the situation?

Example 3 Find Intercepts from a Graph SPORTS The graph shows the height of a ball for each second x that it is airborne. Use the graph to estimate the x- and y-intercepts of the function, where the function is positive and negative, and interpret the meanings in the context of the situation.

The x-intercept is . That means that the ball will hit the ground after seconds. The y-intercept is . This means that at time , the ball was at a height of feet. The function is positive when x is between and , which means that the ball is in the air for seconds. No portion of the graph shows that the function is .

Check FITNESS The graph shows the number of people y at a gym x hours after the gym opens.

40

0

80

120

160

200

x

y

N um

Gym Occupancy

Part A Use the graph to estimate the x- and y-intercepts.

x-intercept: ( , )

y-intercept: ( , )

Part B Which statements describe the meaning of the x- and y-intercepts in the context of the situation? Select all that apply.

A. There were 20 people at the gym when it opened.

B. The gym closed after 20 hours.

C. The gym closed after 12 hours.

D. There were 12 people at the gym when it opened.

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y

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9 9

A, C

Sample answer: I assume that the graph continues to follow the same path, so the function is negative when x > 9. This means that the ball would be at a negative height when x > 9. This does not make sense in the context of the situation because it is impossible for a ball to be at a negative height.

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Go Online You can complete an Extra Example online.

Example 4 Find Intercepts from a Table LUNCH Violet starts the semester with $150 in her student lunch account. Each day she spends $3.75 on lunch. The table shows the function relating the amount of money remaining in her lunch account to the number of days Violet has purchased lunch.

Part A Find the intercepts.

The x-intercept is where y = , so the x-intercept is .

The y-intercept is where x = , so the y-intercept is .

Part B Describe what the intercepts mean in the context of the situation.

The x-intercept means that after buying lunch for days, Violet will have $ left in her lunch account, or it will take Violet days to use all of the money in her lunch account. The y-intercept means that Violet’s lunch account has $ after buying lunch for days, or the beginning balance of her lunch account is $ .

Check MOVIES Ashley received a gift card to the movie theater for her birthday. The table shows the amount of money remaining on her gift card y after x trips to the movie theater.

Number of Trips Balance ($) x y 0 90 1 81

2 72 3 63 5 45 7 27

10 0

Part A Find the y-intercept. ( , )

Part B Find the x-intercept and describe what it means in the context of the situation.

A. (10, 0); The initial balance on the gift card was $10.

B. (90, 0); The initial balance on the gift card was $90.

C. (10, 0); After 10 trips to the movies, there will be no money left on the gift card.

D. (90, 0); After 90 trips to the movies, there will be no money left on the gift card.

Time (Days) Balance ($) x y 0 150 2 142.50 5 131.25

10 112.50 15 93.75 30 37.50 40 0

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0 150

40 0

40 150

0 150

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Learn Solving Equations by Graphing The solution, or root, of an equation is any value that makes the equation true. A zero is an x-intercept of the graph of the function.

For example, the root of 3x = 6 is 2. A linear equation, like 3x = 6, has at most one root, while a nonlinear equation, like x2 + 4x − 5 = 0, may have more than one.

Equation Related Function 3x = 6 f (x) = 3x − 6 or y = 3x − 6

x2 + 4x − 5 = 0 f (x) = x2 + 4x − 5 or y = x2 + 4x − 5

The graph of the related function can be used to find the solutions of an equation. The related function is formed by solving the equation for 0 and then replacing 0 with f (x) or y.

Values of x for which f(x) = 0 are located at the x-intercepts of the graph of a function and are called the zeros of the function f. The roots of an equation are the same as the zeros of its related function. The solutions and roots of an equation are the same value as the zeros and x-intercepts of its related function. For the equation 3x = 6:

• 2 is the solution of 3x = 6.

• 2 is the root of 3x = 6.

• 2 is the zero of f (x) = 3x − 6.

• 2 is the x-intercept of f (x) = 3x − 6.

Example 5 Solve a Linear Equation by Graphing Solve −2x + 7 = 1 by graphing. Check your solution.

Find the related function.

−2x + 7 = 1 Subtract 1 from each side.

−2x + = Simplify.

Graph the left side of the equation. The related function is f(x) = , which can be graphed.

y

xO

The graph intersects the x-axis at . This is the x-intercept, or zero, which is also the root of the equation. So, the solution of the equation is .

Check your solution by solving the equation algebraically.

Go Online You can complete an Extra Example online.

Think About It!

What is the difference between a root and a zero?

Think About It!

Suppose you first solved the equation algebraically. How could you use your solution to graph the zero of the related function?

Go Online An alternate method is available for this example.

Lesson 3-4 • Intercepts of Graphs 171

- 1 - 1

-2x + 6

6 0

3

3

Sample answer: A root is the solution of an equation, while a zero is the x-intercept of the related function.

Sample answer: The solution of the equation is the same as the x-intercept, or zero, of the function. So, I can graph the zero by plotting a point at 3 on the x-axis.

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Example 7 Solve an Equation of a Horizontal Line by Graphing Solve 4x + 3 = 4x − 5 by graphing. Check your solution.

Find the related function.

4x + 3 = 4x − 5 Add 5 to each side.

4x = 4x Simplify.

8 = Simplify.

Graph the left side of the equation. The related function is f (x) = , which can be graphed.

y

xO

The graph does not intersect the x-axis. This means that there is x-intercept and, therefore, there is solution.

Talk About It!

Does solving the equation algebraically give a different solution? Explain your reasoning.

Go Online You can complete an Extra Example online.

Example 6 Solve a Nonlinear Equation by Graphing Solve x2 − 4x = −3 by graphing. Check your solution.

Find the related function.

x2 − 4x = −3 Add 3 to each side.

x2 − 4x + 3 = Simplify.

Graph the left side of the equation. The related function is f(x) = , which can be graphed.

y

xO

.

Go Online You can watch a video to see how to use a graphing calculator with this example.

172 Module 3 • Relations and Functions

+ 5 + 5

8

Sample answer: No; solving algebraically results in the false statement 8 = 0, which means there is no solution.

+ 3 + 3 0

x2 - 4x = -3

1 3

1 3

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Check Equations and the graphs of their related functions are shown. Write the related function and its zero(s) under the appropriate graph.

y

−8 −4−6 −2 8642

−8 −6 −4

x2 - 6 = x

related function: zeros:

Apply Example 8 Estimate Solutions by Graphing PARTY Haley is ordering invitations for her graduation party. She has $40 to spend and each invitation costs $0.96. The function m = 40 − 0.96p represents the amount of money m Haley has left after ordering p party invitations Find the zero of the function. Describe what this value means in the context of this situation.

1 What is the task?

Describe the task in your own words. Then list any questions that you may have. How can you find answers to your questions?

2 How will you approach the task? What have you learned that you can use to help you complete the task?

Go Online You can complete an Extra Example online.

Lesson 3-4 • Intercepts of Graphs 173

4 f (x) = 5

f (x) = - 1 __ 2 x + 2

Sample answer: I need to find the zero of the function and describe what it means. How can I determine the meaning of the zero from a graph of the function? I can review graphing linear functions and labeling axes.

Sample answer: I will graph the function by making a table of values. I will estimate the x-intercept of the graph to find the zero. I will then check my solution by solving the equation algebraically. I will use the axes labels to help me interpret my solution.

(continued on the next page)

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3 What is your solution?

Use your strategy to solve the problem.

Graph the function. Estimate the solution.

10 20 30 40 500

10

20

30

40

50

_______ invitations.

What does your solution mean in the context of the situation?

4 How can you know that your solution is reasonable?

Write About It! Write an argument that can be used to defend your solution.

Check DATA Blair’s cell phone plan allows her to use 3 GB of data, and she uses approximately 0.14 GB of data each day. The function g = 3 − 0.14d represents the amount of data g in GB she has left after d days.

Part A Examine the graph of the function to estimate its zero to the nearest day.

The graph appears to intersect the x-axis at .

Part B Solve algebraically to check your answer. Round to the nearest tenth.

x =

Part C Describe what your answer to Part B means in this context.

After days, Blair has GB left.

174 Module 3 • Relations and Functions

22

21.4

21.4 0

Sample answer: Haley can order 41 invitations with the amount of money she has to spend.

Sample answer: This amount is close to the estimated zero of 42 invitations from the graph.

42

≈ 41.67