How to Understand Slope for Beginners

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Slope is a concept you'll explore a great deal when graphing. Understand slope for beginners with help from an expert in computers, with two degrees in both Computer Science and Applied Mathematics from the New Jersey Institute of Technology, in this free video clip.

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Hi, my name is Stefan. Today, I'm going to be speaking on how to understand slope for beginners. Let's say we have the line Y equals X and to draw that looks like this. Now what the slope is, it's the ratio of the rise, how far the line rolls over the run, how far the line moved over. So the slope is equivalent to this number, the rise over that number the run, the horizontal. So you can look at it as the ratio of the vertical increase over the horizontal increase. And that's your slope.

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