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Beg Algebra: Finding the Slope Given Two Points This lesson is part of a series: Beginner Algebra In this lesson, you will learn how to find the slope, or the relative increase (also known as a pitch), of a line if you are given two points on that line (x1, y1) and (x2, y2). The slope (denoted by the letter, m) of a line is defined by the change in y divided by the change in x. First, you must calculate the change in the two distances (or the change (x1 - x2) and the change (y1 - y2)). You will also learn the shorthand for writing the equation of a slope and the phrase 'rise over run.' After learning how to find the slope of a line, you will practice with several sets of points and lines with different slopes (including verticle lines and horizontal lines) and also practice graphing those lines to view the slope. Professor Burger also examines what it means when a slope is undefined (or the change in x = 0), and when a slope = 0 (or the change in y = 0). Taught by Professor Edward Burger, this lesson was selected from a broader, comprehensive course, Beginning Algebra. This course and others are available from Thinkwell, Inc. The full course can be found at The full course covers linear equations, inequalities, polynomials, rational expressions, relations and functions, roots and radicals, quadratic equations and systems of equations.
Length: 02:17


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