# How do you find the slope given (-4,-1) and (1,-2)?

Mar 24, 2018

The change in y divided by the change in x

#### Explanation:

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

${y}_{1} = - 1$
${y}_{2} = - 2$
${x}_{1} = - 4$
${x}_{2} = 1$

Slope = $\frac{- 1 - \left(- 2\right)}{- 4 - 1}$ This gives

Slope = $\frac{1}{- 5} = - \frac{1}{5}$