# How do I find the slope of an equation in the form #y = mx + b#?

##### 1 Answer

Sep 21, 2014

If the equation is in the form of y=mx+b, your slope is represented by the variable m.

Example 1 :

If you have an equation like y = - 3x + 5, then your slope is - 3 since m = - 3.

Example 2:

If you have an equation like 4x + 2y = 6, you would need to solve for y.

First step you would do is subtract 4x to both sides.

4x + 2y - 4x= 6 - 4x

2y = -4x + 6

Second step you divide by 2.

y = -2x + 3

Therefore the slope of the equation is -2, since m = -2.