What is the slope of #y=-x#?

3 Answers
Aug 2, 2018

Answer:

The slope is -1.

Explanation:

This is in slope-intercept form, or #y = mx + b#, where #m# is the slope and #b# is the #y#-intercept.

Since we know the slope is the value multiplied by #x#, the slope is #-1.#

Hope this helps!

Aug 2, 2018

Answer:

#-1#

Explanation:

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Slope (gradient) is the amount of up or down on the y-axis for a given amount of along on the x-axis.

Suppose for example the slope is 2.

Another way of writing 2 (which is not done very often) is #2/1#

As slope #->("amount of up or down")/("amount of along")# then we have the amount of 2 as the up or down and we have the value of 1 for along.

As the 2 is positive ,by convention, it is UP.

A negative value for the up or down by convention is DOWN.
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Given: #y=-x#

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This is the same as #(-1)/1#

So for 1 along the line goes DOWN 1

Thus the slope is #-1#

Aug 2, 2018

Answer:

#-1#

Explanation:

Recall slope-intercept form

#y=mx+b#, with slope #m# and a #y#-intercept of #b#. With this in mind, we can rewrite our equation as

#y=-x+0#

We see that our slope, or coefficient on #x#, is #-1#.

Hope this helps!