# What is the slope of the line passing through the following points: (1,-2); (3,-8)?

Jan 17, 2016

$- 3$ or $- \frac{3}{1}$

#### Explanation:

To find the slope of the line, use the following equation:

$\text{slope} = m = \frac{{Y}_{2} - {Y}_{1}}{{X}_{2} - {X}_{1}}$

This is assuming that the two points are

$\left({X}_{1} , {Y}_{1}\right) \mathmr{and} \left({X}_{2} , {Y}_{2}\right)$

So, I did

$\frac{- 8 - \left(- 2\right)}{3 - 1}$, which is equal to $- \frac{6}{2}$ or $- \frac{3}{1}$ or $- 3$.