Graphing 11 - Formula for slope

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There is an error, which is corrected, around the 7 1/2 minute mark where the slope should be positive 3/4.

Lesson Summary:

This lesson covers the formula for finding the slope of a line passing through two points using algebra, rather than relying on graphing and counting. The formula involves subtracting the y-coordinates of each point and dividing the difference by the x-coordinate difference. The order of the points used in the formula doesn't matter, and the result is a numerical representation of the slant of the line. The video provides examples of using the formula and offers further practice in the next lesson.

Lesson Description:

Covers the algebraic formula used to find the slope of a line passing through two points. More examples are in the next video, Graphing 12. This is part 11 of a series of videos about graphing lines.

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Questions answered by this video:
  • How do you find the slope between two points by graphing them and using rise/run?
  • How do you find the slope between (-3, 2) and (2, -1)?
  • What is the formula for finding slope between two points?
  • Does it matter what order you subtract the coordinates when finding slope?
  • Does it matter which point is which when calculating (y2 - y1)/(x2 - x1)?
  • How do you find the slope of the line passing through (4, -6) and (8, -3)?
  • Staff Review

    • Currently 4.0/5 Stars.
    In this video, you will learn how to find the slope of a line if you only have two ordered pairs or points. This time, it is not necessary to use a graph. Finding slope by using the formula for slope between two points is shown and used.