Learn how to graph lines by using the equation of the line in standard form.

## Step by step guide to graphing lines using the standard form

- Find the \(x\)-intercept of the line by putting zero for \(y\).
- Find the \(y\)- intercept of the line by putting zero for the \(x\).
- Connect these two points.

### Example 1:

Sketch the graph of \(x-y=\ – 2\)

**Solution:**

First isolate \(y\) for \(x: x-y=-2→y=x+2\)

Find the \(x\)−intercept of the line by putting zero for \(y\).

\(y=x+2→x+2=0→x=-2 \)

Find the (y)−intercept of the line by putting zero for the \(x\).

\(y=0+2→y=2 \)

Then: \(x\)−intercept: \((-2,0)\) and \(y\)−intercept: \((0,2)\)

### Example 2:

Sketch the graph of \(x-y= \ -5\).

**Solution:**

First isolate \(y\) for \(x: x-y=-5→y=x+5\)

Find the \(x−\)intercept of the line by putting zero for \(y\).

\( y=x+5→x+5=0→x=\ -5 \)

Find the \(y−\)intercept of the line by putting zero for the \(x\).

\(y=0+5→y=5\)

Then: \(x−\)intercept: \((-5,0)\) and \(y−\)intercept: \((0,5)\)

## Exercises

### Sketch the graph of each line.

- \(\color{blue}{2x – y = 4}\)

- \(\color{blue}{x + y = 2}\)

- \(\color{blue}{2x – y = 4}\)

- \(\color{blue}{x + y = 2}\)