We have some axes to grind with you. Namely, x and y.
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. . . but they're clearly the stars of the show.
Nowhere is their popularity more evident than here at the x and y axes...
. . . where points are vying for a favorable position.
In fact, these guys are so popular . . .
. . . they've got their own paper.
Something they don't want anyone to forget. But, just for a second, let's not call them
x or y.
For the purpose of this exercise, let's say x is the goal line for The Chicago Bears . . .
. . . and y, hmmm, let's make y... The Green Bay Packers.
If you think about numbers. . .
. . .the way those teams think about footballs. . .
. . .intercepts become pretty simple. The x intercept is where a line crosses the
x axis. . .
. . .and the y intercept is wherever the line crosses the y axis.
Just like a pick six in football. . .
. . .where only the team catching the interception scores. . .
. . .the x intercept for any line is wherever y=0. . .
. . .and the y intercept for any line is wherever x=0.
. . . you can
go back to being x and y again. But, do us a favor. . .
. . .try not to give us such a hard time in the future.