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Why does m = slope?
Posted:
Feb 2, 1997 4:33 PM


I am an eighth grade teacher and was discussing slope with my Algebra I class and one of my students asked, "Why did they chose the letter m to represent slope? Why not s or another variable?" I know that s is referred to as distance in other mathematics, but why m? I have searched and all I can find is the explanation on how to derive slope, not why that specific variable was chosen. Does anyone know the answer? Please email me the answer if you know why. My kids and I would really appreciate it! Also, if you know of a source I could use, please include that as well. Thanks in advance for your help!
Janene Shearburn jshearbu@pen.k12.va.us Sutherland Middle School Charlottesville, VA




