# Understand Slope in math

A line's steepness is measured by the slope of a line.When working with slope, it is important to understand the basic concepts of what slope measures and how it measures it.If you know the coordinates of any of the two points, you can calculate the slope of a line.

### Step 1: The slope should be defined.

The slope is a measurement of how steep a straight line is.There are different branches of mathematics that use slope.You can use the slope to plot points on a line in geometry.The correlation between two variables is described by slope.Slope is used by economists to show and predict rates of change.People use slope in concrete ways.When constructing roads, stairs, ramps, and roofs, slope is used.

### Step 2: Look at a line's rise over run.

The term "rise" refers to the vertical distance between two points.The horizontal distance between two points is referred to as the run.When learning about the slope of a line, you will often see a formula.To go from one point to the next, you need to go up 2 along the x and y axes.

### Step 3: You can find the slope of a line in an equation.

The slope-Intercept form of a line's equation can be used to do this.The slope-Intercept form states that y ismx+b.The slope of the line is equal to the m displaystyle m.You can use this formula to find the slope by rearranging the equation of a line.The slope of the equation is 3displaystyle 3.If you turn the slope into a fraction, you can still think of it as a rise over run.Placing a whole number over 1 will turn it into a fraction.So, 31 is the displaystyle 3.This means that the line rises vertically for every unit it runs horizontally.

### Step 4: The steepness of the line should be assessed.

The bigger the slope, the harder the line.A line rests on a plane.There is a slope of 2 that is steeper than another slope.

### Step 5: A positive slope is something to identify.

A positive slope moves up and down.In a positive slope, as xdisplaystyle increases, y displaystyle also increases.A positive number means a positive slope.

### Step 6: A negative slope can be identified.

A negative slope moves to the right.In a negative slope, as xdisplaystyle increases, y displaystyle decreases.A negative slope is a fraction with a negative numerator.You can think of yourself as standing on the left side of the line, remembering the difference between a positive and a negative slope.It is positive if you need to walk up the line.It is negative if you need to walk down the line.If you know the difference between negative and positive slopes, you can check your calculations are reasonable.

### Step 7: Understand the slope of a horizontal line

A horizontal line is a line that runs across a plane.The horizontal line has a slope of 0.If you think of lines in terms of slope, it makes sense.The rise is zero for a horizontal line, since the y displaystyle Y value never increases or decreases.The slope of a horizontal line would be 0x.

### Step 8: You can understand the slope of the line.

The slope of a vertical line is not known.Y0 is the slope of a negative line.The displaystyle x value never increases or decreases, so the run is zero.Since you can't divide by 0, any number over 0 will always be defined.

### Step 9: The formula should be set up for the slope of the line.

The formula is slope.The rise is the distance between two points.The run is the horizontal distance between two points.

### Step 10: There are two points on the line

You can either use two points or choose two.If the points are close together, there will be less need to simplify the slope later.You can pick the points (4, 4) and (12, 8).

### Step 11: Take the vertical distance between the points.

Count up in a straight line until you reach the height of the second point.The rise of your slope is shown here.If you start with the higher point, your rise will be negative.You would count up the 4 positions at the point.The rise of your slope is 4: slope=4rundisplaystyle textslope

### Step 12: The horizontal distance between the points can be determined.

When calculating the run, start at the same point.When you reach the second point, count across in a straight line.The run of your slope is shown here.If you start with the point on the right, your run will be negative.You would count over 8 positions to point at 4.The run of your slope is 8.

### Step 13: If it is necessary, simplify.

The slope would be simplified just as it would any fraction.The slope 48displaystyle frac48 makes it easy to see that both 8 and 4 are equal.The line moves up to the right because it is a positive slope.

### Step 14: Set up the formula for the line's slope.

This formula can be used to find the slope given two points on a line.

### Step 15: Plug the coordinates into the formula.

You will not see the coordinates plotted on a graph if you use this method.It is important to keep your coordinates in the correct positions.The starting and ending points should be subtracted from each other.If your points are -4, 7 and -1, your formula will look like this.

### Step 16: The expression needs to be simplified.

The numerator and denominator have values.If necessary, simplify the slope.The slope would be simplified just as it would any fraction.The slope of the line is 43.The line is moving to the right since the slope is negative.