What is slope? If you have ever walked up or down a hill, then you have already experienced a real life example of slope.
As you go uphill, you may feel like you are spending lots of energy to get yourself to move. The steeper the hill, the harder it is for you to keep yourself moving. Keeping this fact in mind, by definition, the slope is the measure of the steepness of a line.
In real life, we see slope in any direction. However, in math, slope is defined as you move from left to right.
I repeat we always measure slope going from left to right. This is very important!
There are four types of slope you can encounter. A slope can be
When the slope is equal to zero, we say that there is no slope.
A zero slope:
If you go from left to right and you don't go up or down, it it a zero slope.
An undefined slope:
A slope is undefined if you neither move to the right nor to the left. Instead, you are dealing with a vertical line where the possibility is to either go up or down.
How to find the slope
Learn how to compute the slope using the rise and the run or 2 points.
Undefined slope
A thorough explanation of what it means for a slope to be undefined.
Graphing slope
Learn how to graph the slope using the slope and a point.
Slope intercept form
Learn how to find the slope intercept form.
Point slope form
Learn how to find the point slope form.
Related topics
Slope calculator
Given two points, this calculator will calculate the slope and the slope intercept form of a line.
Midpoint of a line segment
Find out how to find the midpoint of a line segment using the midpoint formula.
A couple of real life examples of direct variation explained.
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