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# What is the slope of the line that passes through the points (3, -2) and (-1,0)?

What is the slope of the line that passes through the points (3, -2) and (-1,0)?

negative one-half

one-half

2

-2

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- 1 decade ago
Slope is defined as rise over run. Rise being the vertical distance the line travels and run being the horizontal distance. When plotted on a graph and traveling left to right this line drops two points, so the rise is -2. The run is 4. In fractional terms the slope is -2/4, or -1/2. -1 devided by 2 gives you the answer of -0.5, or negative one-half.

- bLv 51 decade ago
Negative 1/2. You always do y2-y1 / x2-x1. So, 0--2 is 2 (add). -1-3 is -4. Then rise over run (y over x). The slope is 2/-4. This is -1/2.

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- 1 decade ago
Use the equation (Y1-Y2)/(X1-X2) so (-2-0)/(3- -1)

-1/2

Source(s): BS Degree from a Big Ten University

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