## Explaining **Gradients and Graphs** to a six year old

Simple explanation: The gradient is essentially another word for slope. The higher the gradient (slope) of a graph at a point, the steeper the line is at that point. A negative gradient means that the line slopes downwards.

## Gradient of a straight-line graph

To find the gradient of a straight-line graph, pick two points on the graph. The gradient of the line is:

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**Change in y-coordinate/change in x-coordinate**"