Is it even possible to build a line having slope of $3$? Could it be a mistake?

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    $\begingroup$ Slopes run from $-\infty$ to $\infty$ (excluded). What makes you think differently ? $\endgroup$ – Yves Daoust Nov 25 '16 at 20:45
  • $\begingroup$ Looks like there is a direct example of it working, so I'll guess that yes it is possible. $\endgroup$ – Kitter Catter Nov 25 '16 at 20:46
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    $\begingroup$ Of course it is. Why do you think that a slope of $3$ wouldn't work? $\endgroup$ – user137731 Nov 25 '16 at 20:46
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    $\begingroup$ To be more useful the graph you posted doesn't have the point $(-2,-8)$ plotted it has $(-2,0)$ and $(0,-8)$ plotted. These are different. $\endgroup$ – Kitter Catter Nov 25 '16 at 20:48
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    $\begingroup$ My mistake... I built a line based on the coordinates of a point! I didn't pay attention to the problem description and marked separately point x-coordinate as a point and y-coordinate as a point and then joined them together... sorry! $\endgroup$ – loewitz Nov 25 '16 at 21:14

A slope of $3 = \frac{3}{1}$ means that starting at any point on the line (like say $(-2,-8)$), if you move $3$ units up and $1$ unit right then you'll get another point on the line.

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So, yes. It is possible.

My advice is to try playing around with different points and slopes on WolframAlpha to get a feel for it.


Not a mistake. You seem to have a very basic misunderstanding. The line you drew passes through the TWO points (-2,0) and (0,-8). Its slope is -4. That's just one problem.


Slope of a line is nothing but the tangent of angle which the line make with $x$-axis or simply speaking $\tan\theta$.

Since value of $\tan\theta$ vary from $\infty$ to $-\infty$ so yes a slope of 3 for a line is possible.

Now, you may have the question that How to construct a line having slope 3? Since you have the point (-2,-8), just plot it on cartesian axes and extend a line from that point such that on moving along line you will move a distance of 3 units on $y$-axis for a distance of 1 unit on $x$-axis.

  • $\begingroup$ then writing the equation in the slope y-intercept form, isn't it supposed to look like this: y=3/1x-2=0 ? $\endgroup$ – loewitz Nov 25 '16 at 21:28
  • $\begingroup$ Yes @loewitz you can use the slope intercept form. The equation will be same as you stated in the comment. But there the zero is invalid. The equation will be y=3/1x-2 $\endgroup$ – Vidyanshu Mishra Nov 25 '16 at 21:31
  • $\begingroup$ When writing the equation in the slope y-intercept form I understand I have to write y=... and this is the beginning of the equation, I also understand I need to write 3/1 because that is the fraction representing the slope... I also understand writing the '-2' part because that is where the line is crossing the y-axis... but why do I have to write the 'x' ??? $\endgroup$ – loewitz Nov 25 '16 at 21:47
  • $\begingroup$ Whenever you are giving the equation of a line in a plane (in 2-Dimentions) you have to specify or establish a relation between x and y. $\endgroup$ – Vidyanshu Mishra Nov 25 '16 at 21:49
  • $\begingroup$ so, I understand that in the left part of such equation I will have to write Y=... and then the right part of the equation has to contain 'X'? $\endgroup$ – loewitz Nov 25 '16 at 21:51

You should think of a line with its general form of equation.

$ax + by + c = 0$

Then you can represent a vertical line when $b = 0$ The same goes for horizontal ones when $a = 0$

The only constrains come if $a = 0$ and $b = 0$, then it does not represent a line any more.


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