How to Calculate Linear Growth With Algebra

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Calculating linear growth with algebra will require you to format equations in a very particular way. Calculate linear growth with algebra with help from an experienced math professional in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Ryan Ault, I'm a physicist. And this is how to calculate linear growth with algebra. Now, if we go to the equation of a line, we have Y equals M-X plus B. In this equation the growth rate is M, we just call it "growth", X can be referred to as your "time", B is your initial amount of something, and Y is your final amount. So, if we want to solve for growth, we can simply isolate M. We an do this by finding that Y minus B, divided by X or T in our case, is equal to M. So, like I said earlier, M is our growth rate, T is the amount of time that has passed. And Y minus B is the change in the amount of something. So, we found M is our growth rate. If we want a simple example, we can say, the amount of time that passes for instance, is three seconds. We can find that our growth rate M is equal to T, which is three seconds, over the change in something. So, we could say it's like, five meters of distance. Or, for ease of calculation, let's say, six meters. And we find that our growth rate is equal to six meters over three seconds, is equal to meters per second. I'm Ryan Ault, and this is how to calculate linear growth with algebra.


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