# What is rates of change?

Dec 21, 2014

Rate of change is a number that tells you how a quantity changes in relation to another.
Velocity is one of such things. It tells you how distance changes with time.
For example: 23 km/h tells you that you move of 23 km each hour.

Another example is the rate of change in a linear function.

Consider the linear function: $y = 4 x + 7$
the number 4 in front of $x$ is the number that represent the rate of change. It tells you that every time $x$ increases of 1, the corresponding value of $y$ increases of 4.
If you get a negative number it means that the $y$ value is decreasing.
If the number is zero it means that you do not have change, i.e you have a constant!

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