How to Find the Y-Intercept of a Line

Finding the Y-Intercept of a Line

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

Imagine a line is drawn on a graph. We can find the y-intercept of the line.

How to Find the Y-Intercept of a Line

Finding the y-intercept of a line is easy.

Question

Find the y-intercept of the line shown below.

Graph with a line example

Step-by-Step:

1

Find where the line crosses the y-axis.

The line crosses the y-axis here

2

Read off the y-coordinate of the point where the line crosses the y-axis. In our example, the line crosses the y-axis at a y-intercept of 1.

The line crosses the y-axis at a y-coordinate of

Answer:

The y-intercept is 1.

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See Also

What is the slope of a line? What is the y-coordinate? What is the y-axis?