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Topic: Why does m = slope?
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Janene A. Shearburn

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

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