# How do you find the slope given (3,7) and (-5,-9)?

Sep 6, 2016

$m = 2$

#### Explanation:

Slope is defined as $m = \frac{\Delta y}{\Delta x}$ and it can be calculated from two points using the formula:

$m = \frac{{y}_{2} - {y}_{1}}{{x}_{2} - {x}_{1}}$

$m = \frac{7 - \left(- 9\right)}{3 - \left(- 5\right)} = \frac{7 + 9}{3 + 5}$

$m = \frac{16}{8}$

$m = 2$