Teaching Tips

Calculating the slope when you have linear data

Many experiments include the phrase “calculate the slope.” What could possibly go wrong between drawing a graph and calculating the requisite slope? This movie describes a simple method for calculating slope, and discusses where students might make mistakes. The movie is posted on the Exploring Physics YouTube channel, and is one of a large number of tutorial movies included in the Exploring Physics Curriculum app. All movies posted on our YouTube channel are free for your use and can be used at a variety of grade levels, from middle to high school.

Exploring Physics YouTube channel