# PSAT Math : How to find slope of a line

## Example Questions

### Example Question #1 : Slope And Line Equations

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

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

11

–9

–10

–11

–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 : Geometry

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

2

3/2

5/7

2/3

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

2/3

2/5

-3/5

–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 : Geometry

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

y = x√3 + 2

y = x

y = x - √2

yx((√3)/3) + 1

y = x√2 - 2

y = x√3 + 2

Explanation:

### Example Question #1 : Slope And Line Equations

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 #6 : Slope And Line Equations

What is the slope between  and ?

Explanation:

Let and

so the slope becomes .

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 #1 : 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.