What's the slope between points (5,3) and (-2,-3)?

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- Jul 28th 2005, 03:06 PMleandria817Help!
What's the slope between points (5,3) and (-2,-3)?

- Jul 28th 2005, 11:16 PMJamilwormQuote:

Originally Posted by**leandria817**

It doesn't matter which point you subtract from which, but you always have to be consistent. For example, to find the change in y, you can take the y coordinate from the first point (3) and subtract the y coordinate from the second one (-3), and that gives you 6. To be consistent, for the change of x we have to take the x from the first point (5) and subtract the x from the second (-2) to get 7. Then slope = ychange/xchange = 6/7.

You could have taken the values from the second point minus the first, and that would just give you -6/-7 = 6/7, so the answer would be the same.