Intermediate Algebra (12th Edition)

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ISBN 10: 0321969359
ISBN 13: 978-0-32196-935-4

Chapter 2 - Section 2.2 - The Slope of a Line - 2.2 Exercises - Page 158: 41



Work Step by Step

We are given that the slope $m$ of the line passing through the distinct points $(x_{1},y_{1})$ and $(x_{2},y_{2})$ is defined as: $m=\frac{rise}{run}=\frac{y_{2}-y_{1}}{x_{2}-x_{1}}$ (where $x_{2}\ne x_{1}$) We are given the points $(-1,8)$ and $(0,6)$. Therefore, $m=\frac{6-8}{0-(-1)}=\frac{-2}{0+1}=\frac{2}{-1}=-2$.
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