# What is the slope of the line passing through the following points:  (2, -6), (-7, -8)?

Slope: $\frac{2}{9}$
The slope is the ratio of the difference in the $y$ coordinate values to the difference in $x$ coordinate values.
$m = \frac{\Delta y}{\Delta x} = \frac{\left(- 8\right) - \left(- 6\right)}{\left(- 7\right) - \left(2\right)} = \frac{- 2}{- 9} = \frac{2}{9}$