# Can average rate of change be negative?

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Sep 28, 2014

Yes, the average rate of change can be negative.

The **average rate of change** is just the **slope** of a line.

If that line is **decreasing** then the slope is **negative** .

If that line is **increasing** then the slope is **positive** .

If that line is **constant** then the slope is **0** .