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what is y- intercept

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The y-intercept is the point at which the line crosses the y-axis -- that is, it is the point where x=0, yielding the coordinate (0, y).

Conversely, the x-intercept is the point at which the line crosses the x-axis -- that is, it is the point where y=0, yielding the coordinate (x, 0).

The slope is the average rate of change from one point to the next on a given line. In other words, it is the ratio of the vertical change (change in y) to the horizontal change (change in x) between any 2 points on a line.

That is, 

             slope =  vertical change / horizontal change 

                     =  change in y / change in x

                     =  Δ y / Δ x 

So for any 2 points on a line, (x1, y1) & (x2, y2), the slope is:     y2 - y1 / x2 - x1