## The Lesson

The slope is a measure of how steep the line is. Imagine a line is drawn on a graph. We can find the slope of the line.## How to Find the Slope of a Line

Finding the slope of a line is easy.## Question

Find the slope of the line shown below.## Step-by-Step:

# 1

Find out how many units the line has gone

**up**. In our example, the line goes up by**4**units.# 2

Find out how many units the line has gone

**across**. In our example, the line goes across by**2**units.# 3

Divide the answer from

**Step 1**(4) by the answer from**Step 2**(2).
Slope = How far up ÷ How far across
Slope = 4 ÷ 2
Slope = 2

## Answer:

The slope of the line is**2**.

## A Formula to Find the Slope of a Line

The formula to find the slope is shown below: Let's apply the formula to the example above.## Step-by-Step:

# 1

Find the

*change in y*. Subtract the y-coordinates of the start and end of the line (or two convenient points on it.)
Change in y = 5 − 1 = 4

The change in y is **4**.# 2

Find the

*change in x*. Subtract the x-coordinates of the start and end of the line (or two convenient points on it.)
Change in x = 2 − 0 = 2

The change in x is **2**.# 3

Divide the

*change in y*(4) by the*change in x*(2).
Slope = Change in y ÷ Change in x
Slope = 4 ÷ 2
Slope = 2

## Answer:

The slope of the line is**2**.