# PSAT Math : How to find slope of a line

## Example Questions

### Example Question #1 : Psat Mathematics

Based on the table below, when x = 5, y will equal

 x y -1 3 0 1 1 -1 2 -3

–10

11

–11

–9

–9

Explanation:

Use 2 points from the chart to find the equation of the line.

Example: (–1, 3) and (1, –1)

Using the formula for the slope, we find the slope to be –2.  Putting that into our equation for a line we get y = –2x + b.  Plug in one of the points for x and y into this equation in order to find b.  b = 1.

The equation then will be: y = –2x + 1.

Plug in 5 for x in order to find y.

y = –2(5) + 1

y = –9

### Example Question #1 : How To Find Slope Of A Line

What is the slope of a line that runs through points: (-2, 5) and (1, 7)?

2/3

3/2

5/7

2

2/3

Explanation:

The slope of a line is defined as a change in the y coordinates over a change in the x coordinates (rise over run).

To calculate the slope of a line, use the following formula: ### Example Question #1 : How To Find Slope Of A Line

A line passes through the points (–3, 5) and (2, 3). What is the slope of this line?

–2/5

-3/5

2/3

2/5

–2/3

–2/5

Explanation:

The slope of the line that passes these two points are simply ∆y/∆x = (3-5)/(2+3) = -2/5

### Example Question #1 : How To Find Slope Of A Line

Which of the following lines intersects the y-axis at a thirty degree angle?

y = x

y = x√2 - 2

yx((√3)/3) + 1

y = x√3 + 2

y = x - √2

y = x√3 + 2

Explanation:  ### Example Question #19 : Other Lines What is a possible slope of line y?

–2

2  –2

Explanation:

The slope is negative as it starts in quadrant 2 and ends in quadrant 4. Slope is equivlent to the change in y divided by the change in x. The change in y is greater than the change in x, which implies that the slope must be less than –1, leaving –2 as the only possible solution.

### Example Question #1 : Geometry

What is the slope between and ?      Explanation:

Let and  so the slope becomes .

### Example Question #1 : Coordinate Geometry        Explanation:  ### Example Question #1 : Geometry Refer to above red line. What is its slope?      Explanation:

The slope of a line. given two points can be calculated using the slope formula Set : ### Example Question #3 : Geometry

Which of the following equations has as its graph a line with slope 4?  None of the other responses is correct.   Explanation:

For each equation, solve for and express in the slope-intercept form . The coefficient of will be the slope.   Slope:      Slope:    Slope:    Slope: The line of the equation is the one with slope 4.

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