## Understanding the Slope of a Line

The slope of a line is how far the line goes up (or down) divided by how far a line goes across (left to right). Look at the line below:If we draw a triangle under the line and measure how far it goes up and across...

- The line goes
**up**by**3**... - ...and
**across**by**3**.

Slope = How far up ÷ How far across

Slope = 3 ÷ 3

Slope = 1

**1**.

## Real Examples of the Slope of a Line

- Lines that slope from the bottom-left up to the top-right have a positive slope.

The line above has a slope of**2**because it goes up by 2 squares and across by 1. - Lines that slope from the top-left up to the bottom-right have a negative slope.

The line above has a slope of**−2**because it goes**down**by 2 squares and across by 1. - Lines that do not slope up nor down have a slope of
**0**.

- Lines that do not slope across have an undefined slope.

## Formulas to Find the Slope of a Line

We can find the slope of a line if we know how far it goes up and how far it goes across. In Cartesian coordinates, the y-axis measures how far up a line is and the x-axis measures how far across a line is. This lets us define a formula to find the slope of a line:finding the slope of a line We can find the slope if we know two points (in Cartesian coordinates) on the line.

finding the slope between two points

## Rise Over the Run

An easy way to remember the meaning of slope is "rise over run". Rise is how far up (or down) a line goes. Run is how far across a line goes.## A Slope of 1

A slope of 1 gives a 45° line. It goes up and across by the same amount.## Fractional Slopes

A slope can be a fraction such as ½ or ¾.A fractional slope is still positive (slopes from bottom-left to top-right) but it is less steep than a slope of 1.

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