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Brush up on your math with these tutorials.
You Will Need
- Graph paper
- A pencil
- Basic math skills
Graph the line whose slope you are measuring
Use graph paper to graph the line whose slope you are measuring. Draw the line on standard x-and y-axis.
Select two points on the line
Select two points on the line. Calculate where each point falls on the x- and y-axis to determine the exact points.
Subtract the y-axis locations of the two points
Subtract the y-axis location of the first point from the y-axis location of the second point. The difference is called the "rise."
Subtract the x-axis locations of the two points
Subtract the x-axis location of the first point from the x-axis location of the second point. This difference is called the "run."
Divide the rise by the run to find the slope
Divide the rise in the y-axis by the run in the x-axis to find the slope of your line, an exact measurement of just how steep it is.