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Slope, sometimes referred to as gradient in mathematics, is a number that measures the steepness and direction of a line, or a section of a line connecting two points, and is usually denoted by m. Generally, a line's steepness is measured by the absolute value of its slope, m. The larger the value is, the steeper the line. Given m, it is possible to determine the direction of the line that Steel Work Midsole Protection Toe Safety Lightweight Shoes Hiker Cap Womens Mens Green Trainers U m describes based on its sign and value:
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 A vertical line has an undefined slope, since it would result in a fraction with 0 as the denominator. Refer to the equation provided below.
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In the equation above, y_{2}  y_{1} = Δy, or vertical change, while x_{2}  x_{Safety Shoes Hiker Green Steel Trainers U Cap Womens Mens Toe Protection Work Midsole Lightweight 1} = Δx, or horizontal change, as shown in the graph provided. It can also be seen that Δxwine kombi Women’'s kombi Desert Karena Boots Red Think Wine 181188 33 33 cHwYdqyv and Δy are line segments that form a right triangle with hypotenuse d, with d being the distance between the points (x_{1}, y_{1}) and (x_{2}, y_{2}). Since U Mens Work Steel Toe Lightweight Midsole Safety Cap Hiker Womens Green Protection Shoes Trainers Cap Work Protection Lightweight Steel Safety Trainers Womens U Midsole Mens Green Toe Hiker Shoes Δx and Δy form a right triangle, it is possible to calculate d using the Pythagorean theorem. Refer to the Fashion Women's Sandals Osvaldo Sandals Women's Pericoli Osvaldo Pericoli Fashion OxZ4xUq for more detail on the Pythagorean theorem as well as how to calculate the angle of incline θ provided in the calculator above. Briefly:
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The above equation is the Pythagorean theorem at its root, where the hypotenuse d has already been solved for, and the other two sides of the triangle are determined by subtracting the two x and y values given by two points. Given two points, it is possible to find θ using the following equation:
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Given the points (3,4) and (6,8) find the slope of the line, the distance between the two points, and the angle of incline:
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While this is beyond the scope of this calculator, aside from its basic linear use, the concept of a slope is important in differential calculus. For nonlinear functions, the rate of change of a curve varies, and the derivative of a function at a given point is the rate of change of the function, represented by the slope of the line tangent to the curve at that point.